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16 years after Rachel Corrie was killed in Gaza, little has changed

  • A woman gives balloons to an Israeli soldier near the border between Israel and Gaza on its Israeli side on March 15, 2019. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen) “No amount of reading, attendance at conferences, documentary viewing and word-of-mouth could have prepared me for the reality of the s...
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A useful role for the G20

  • International status is an important source of soft power for states: the higher their ranking, the more opportunities they have for increasing their influence and promoting their interests. Global platforms such as the G20, whose annual summit takes place in Indonesia next week,  are a cr...
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Ankara adopts a trio approach in foreign policy

  • Diplomacy and intelligence are intertwined processes: the latter provides information and the former uses it. Successful foreign policy depends on the quality and quantity of intelligence available for diplomats. There is a strong nexus between intelligence and diplomacy in several countries, i...
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Ankara breaks ice with Baghdad after period of tension

  • Both Turkey and Iraq rolled up their sleeves to open a new page in relations after a period of animosity. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s first official visit in 2017 was to Iraq, where he met with his Iraqi counterpart Haider Al-Abadi last week to have talks on several issues. Needless...
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Ankara treads a fine line between regional challenges

  • Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım in late May had said, “Turkey has a lot of problems. We have regional problems. We are aware of it. So what will we do? Very simple: We’ll increase the number of our friends and we’ll decrease the number of our enemies.”Last week showed us how this theory...
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Bahrain-Turkey ties ripe for expansion

  • Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa was, in August 2016, the first Arab leader to visit Turkey following the failed coup attempt that took place the previous month. The Bahraini king was warmly welcomed in Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later stated: “You stood with us d...
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Balancing hard and soft power: Turkey’s approach to Syria

  • According to Joseph Nye, the political scientist who coined the term “soft power” in the early 1990s — meaning a persuasive, noncoercive approach to international relations — there are various ways of using it, not only by the state but also in other ways, including educational and cultural. W...
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Bosnia’s journey to hope through traces of war

  • Just as Beirut is described by many as the “Paris of the Middle East,” it would not be wrong to refer to Sarajevo as the “Beirut of Europe.” Both Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina endured wars that were religiously/ethnically motivated, experienced similar types of pain and are now trying to rec...
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Can 2021 bring ‘vaccine of hope’ for refugees?

  • Being locked inside our homes for months and deprived of our daily routines such as shopping, having drinks with friends, traveling, etc. has beyond doubt exhausted many of us. Many of us have had worries about our health, family, work, and future. While 2020 brought various new challenges to o...
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Climate change: conflict multiplier or diplomacy trigger?

  • For the next two years, two countries in the Middle East and North Africa region will host the annual UN climate change conferences. Egypt will host COP27 this month and the UAE is due to host COP28 next November. The world’s most prominent climate change summits will allow countries in the reg...
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