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Turkey lets go of the past with policy rethink on Iraq

  • Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, (L) meets with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (AFP/ HO/ Iraqi Prime Minister’s Press Office) Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s recent visit to Iraq was both long overdue and a welcome oppor...
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Six key obstacles to the US-Turkey deal on Syria

  • Turkish and American military teams who were negotiating for months have agreed on the broad lines of their cooperation in northeast Syria, but uncertainties persist. A joint command center will be created in Turkey and a “peace corridor” will be set up in Syria. The agreement fell short of T...
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Mayors left behind as Erdogan pulls up the ladder

  • The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is ravaging the world, but still genuine cooperation could not be carried out among nations. In Turkey, this lack of cooperation manifested itself in a different form. Ordinary people did their best to help each other — the solidarity among individual...
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Kurdish political deal a major setback for Turkey

  • Kurds live mainly in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. There are also scattered Kurdish minority communities in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia and some Central Asian countries, but they are too small for any political role in these countries. The earliest written reference to the Kurds goes back to ...
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Turkey’s Erdogan ignores international opposition to Hagia Sophia mosque conversion

  • A controversy that has been on Turkey’s political agenda for decades is now disposed of, but debates on it and its international implications are likely to continue for some more time. The Council of State, which is Turkey’s highest judicial authority on administrative matters, this month con...
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Isolated Turkey aware that pressure is growing

  • At an informal meeting in Berlin late last month, EU foreign ministers debated the Turkish-Greek tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. At the heart of the issue is Turkey’s initiative to drill for oil and gas in a disputed maritime jurisdiction area that it considers to be its own. The minis...
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EU continues to slam Turkey over Mediterranean conflict

  • The European Council this month held a special summit to discuss a number of issues. Among them was the EU’s approach to Turkey-Greece relations. Greece and Cyprus actively lobbied before the summit to impose sanctions on Turkey. The only favor done to Ankara was to begin the “conclusions” of ...
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How an eastern Med incident played into Turkey’s hands

  • A Turkish container ship was last month stopped and searched in the eastern Mediterranean by a German frigate under the command of EU Naval Force Mediterranean Operation Irini. There are several discrepancies between the Turkish and EU versions of how the exercise unfolded. The first discrepa...
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Turkey’s three areas of foreign policy uncertainty

  • Turkey has begun 2021 with a busy agenda in terms of foreign affairs. Its major foreign policy issues can be divided into three chapters. One chapter is its relations with the US. The files in this chapter include Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-manufactured S-400 air defense system, its exc...
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Foreign militaries an obstacle in Libya’s path to peace

  • The political process in Libya is moving steadily, but the risks of uncertainty remain. The political negotiations under the UN’s auspices on the one hand and the military situation on the other do not follow the same paths. A cease-fire was agreed in Geneva on Oct. 23. The agreement containe...
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