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Turkey returns empty-handed from Tehran summit

  • The seventh trilateral summit in the “Astana Format” between Turkey, Russia and Iran was held last Tuesday in Tehran where the situation in Syria was reviewed. As announced beforehand, bilateral meetings were also held between the leaders. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s declared inte...
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Turkey may be dragged further into the regional quagmire

  • The new power balance that is emerging in the Middle East will probably affect Turkey more than many other countries. It started with Russia’s withdrawal of part of its forces from Syria to the Donbas area of Ukraine. The exact size of the military units to be transferred was not announced, but...
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Constructive ambiguity saves the day at NATO summit

  • The NATO summit in Madrid last week augurs well for the future, with a constructive ambiguity reached between Turkey, Sweden and Finland. Weeks before the meeting, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphatically announced that, “As long as Tayyip Erdogan is at the head of the Republic of T...
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Turkey needs creative solutions to Syrian refugee issue

  • Syrian refugees have been a major issue in Turkey since the outbreak of their home country’s civil war. Tens of thousands of Syrians sought asylum in Turkey when, in 2011, the Assad regime used disproportionate military force to repress demonstrating civilians. As the number of asylum seekers r...
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Uncertainties remain over Turkey-Israel ties

  • Israeli President Isaac Herzog last week paid a two-day visit to Turkey in an effort to revive bilateral relations, which have remained dormant for more than a decade. There was nothing that prevented Turkey taking such a step earlier. Bilateral relations between Turkey and Israel will be rela...
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Ankara takes steps to mending troubled relations with the UAE

  • It appears that Turkey has taken the right steps toward mending relations with the UAE. Their relations had soured when Ankara started to openly support the Muslim Brotherhood in various Middle Eastern countries. The UAE politely informed Turkey that it was unhappy with its attitude, but Anka...
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Too many fingers in the Libyan pie

  • Elections in Libya that were scheduled for Dec. 24 last year could not be held for a number of reasons. The most important one was that the High National Election Commission could not publish the final list of candidates because militias had threatened to stop the electoral process if it did so...
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Turkey turns the page in its dealings with UAE

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally reached the conclusion that confrontation with the UAE does not bring him any advantage. The roots of the tension between the two countries go back to Turkey’s strong support for the Muslim Brotherhood. When the Gulf Cooperation Council membe...
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Four reasons US pivot from Middle East will be a slow one

  • A shift toward the Pacific Rim has been on Washington’s agenda for almost four decades. China’s gigantic economic achievements have forced the US to make such a choice. The Middle East is likely to be affected by such a shift. There are several defense-related issues on the US agenda regardin...
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Turkey toying with idea of new military operation in Syria

  • Pro-government Turkish media outlets last week reported that preparations are underway for a new set of military operations in Syria. A parliamentary motion to authorize the government to continue sending troops abroad was tabled last month and easily approved. Previous motions approved a one...
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