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Yasar Yakis

Yasar Yakis is a former foreign minister of Turkey and founding member of the ruling AK Party.

18 August 2019 11:28 AM

Six key obstacles to the US-Turkey deal on Syria

Turkish and American military teams have agreed on the broad lines of their cooperation in northeast Syria, but uncertainties persist.

18 July 2019 03:28 PM

Is the Turkish political arena about to be reshuffled?

The domestic political changes in Turkey gained new momentum with former Economy Minister Ali Babacan’s resignation from the AKP last week.

27 May 2019 11:27 AM

Implications of Russian S-400 deal continue to haunt Turkey

Turkey and Russia have genuinely cooperated in the difficult terrain of Idlib. It started with Turkey helping to facilitate the evacuation of some armed opposition factions from Aleppo to Idlib.

20 May 2019 03:25 PM

Waiting for the calm after US-Iran storm

Tensions in US-Iran relations rose further last week because of a statement by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the reaction it provoked from the US.

12 May 2019 09:11 PM

Turkey lets go of the past with policy rethink on Iraq

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s recent visit to Iraq was both long overdue and a welcome opportunity to correct a series of policy blunders by Ankara toward its southern neighbor.

08 May 2019 03:18 PM

Is Turkey vulnerable to ISIS attacks?

ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi reappeared on April 29 in footage filmed in an unidentified place, five years after he was last seen. This clears the question about whether he might have been killed in an attack targeting ISIS fighters.

22 April 2019 12:57 PM

How the Khartoum coup will affect Turkey-Sudan relations

This month’s military coup in Sudan removed from power one of the longest-ruling presidents in the world. Lt. Gen. Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, who was vice president and defense minister, removed his boss Omar Al-Bashir from office.

08 April 2019 11:07 AM

Erdogan will be haunted by local election defeats

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered an important setback in last week’s elections.

25 March 2019 01:40 PM

Is the white supremacist movement expanding?

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch as the tip of an iceberg. We will learn more about the perpetrator’s motives when he appears in court— if he talks.

18 February 2019 01:00 PM

Sochi summit keeps Syrian peace process alive

Russian president Vladimir Putin last week hosted another summit on Syria in Sochi with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani.

28 January 2019 10:34 AM

Putin’s intervention could inspire Turkey-Syria rapprochement

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Moscow last week for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

07 January 2019 12:00 PM

Turkey could embrace new solution to Manbij crisis

The Manbij conflict between Turkey and the US is about to enter a new phase. It is almost the textbook example of a disagreement that shows how two NATO allies may have conflicting views on almost every aspect of a dispute.

31 December 2018 09:28 AM

Turkey may seek to avoid new military operation in Syria

Filling the vacuum created by the US withdrawal from Syria — if it ever happens — has emerged as a new problem. A delegation from Turkey on Saturday went to Moscow to discuss this particular issue and many others pertaining to the Syrian crisis.

17 December 2018 09:26 AM

Erdogan’s risky game in northern Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announced that Turkey will carry out a military operation east of the Euphrates river in Syria “in a couple of days.”