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Sinem Cengiz

Sinem Cengiz is a Turkish political analyst who specializes in Turkey’s relations with the Middle East.

31 August 2019 10:19 AM

Actions speak louder than words for Erdogan, Putin

In diplomatic meetings, body language can play a more important role than the leaders’ carefully chosen words. This was the case in this week’s meeting between the presidents of Turkey and Russia.

24 August 2019 03:15 PM

Turkey’s balancing act as safe zone finally launched

Turkey and the US have finally announced that the first phase of the northern Syrian safe zone will be launched this week after months-long negotiations carried out between military officials of the two NATO allies.

20 July 2019 12:24 PM

Shooting of diplomat likely to strain Ankara-Erbil ties

The motives behind the incident are still subject to speculation and various allegations other than terrorism are on the agenda.

13 July 2019 02:35 PM

Overpopulation remains one of the greatest threats to global stability

Thursday was World Population Day. It has been celebrated on July 11 every year since 1989, when it was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program.

23 June 2019 06:57 PM

Integration a necessity for Syrian refugees in Turkey

On Thursday, we marked another World Refugee Day, which was dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. A lot has been said and written about the desperate plight of those who have been forced to flee their homes. As the UN says on its website: “Every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.” It seems we will continue to write this for many years to come.

01 June 2019 01:12 PM

Iraqi Kurdish leader faces a delicate balancing act

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq elected a new president, Nechirvan Barzani, on Tuesday, filling a position left vacant for almost 18 months following the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum.

04 May 2019 10:51 AM

Turkey reaches out to Iraq amid increasing regional challenges

There is a very good sentence in Robert Mason’s 2014 book “Foreign Policy in Iran and Saudi Arabia: Economics and Diplomacy in the Middle East,” which examines the relations between states in an increasingly unstable region.

27 April 2019 02:47 PM

Turkey expanding ties with Russia and China

The 12th round of Astana talks on Syria took place this week in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana. The 11 previous meetings, under the sponsorship of Turkey, Russia and Iran, produced tangible outcomes in regards to finding a solution to end the long-lasting conflict.

20 April 2019 11:41 AM

Turkish-Armenian issue held hostage by third parties

There are now just a few days until April 24, the date on which Armenians all around the world remember the victims of the tragic events of 1915.

13 April 2019 02:59 PM

The wide-ranging implications of Turkish, Israeli elections

The past few weeks have witnessed two significant elections in the region. Both Turkey and Israel have been deeply involved in election season, with Turks heading to the polls for municipal elections on March 31 and Israelis casting their votes in national elections on April 9.

06 April 2019 12:56 PM

Turkey passed the democracy test, so what’s next?

Turkish citizens headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in crucial municipal elections, with a high turnout of 85 percent and widespread hope of bringing peace and prosperity to their country.

02 March 2019 02:46 PM

Turkey ponders the price of Mideast’s ‘ultimate peace’

US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner visited Turkey this week, wrapping up a Middle East tour that focused on the Gulf countries.

23 February 2019 12:29 PM

Turkey refuses to abandon Syrian refugees but EU must do more to help

The main focus of attention in Turkey at the moment is the upcoming municipal elections scheduled for March 31.

19 January 2019 11:51 AM

Turkey and Russia must heed lessons from the war in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will meet on Jan. 23 to discuss Syria ahead of an upcoming summit on the country.

29 December 2018 08:17 AM

In retrospect: Turkish Foreign Policy in 2018

The three most important issues addressed by Turkish foreign policy in 2018 were Syria, Iran, and Jerusalem. And the most significant of those was Syria.

22 December 2018 08:23 AM

US leaves Syria — what is next?

As we approach the end of 2018, there is no sign that the Syrian war, or the resulting refugee crisis, will end anytime soon. Nor will they as long as the conflict remains a proxy battle between regional and global actors.