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Syria: A Chess Game

The Turkish military operation in Syria does not meet Russia’s interests Turkey's forthcoming ground operation in Syria, which Ankara regularly warns about, has become a top concern for the international community. In November 2022, Turkish armed forces launched air strikes on parts of northern Syria with Operation Claw-Sword. The November 13 th terrorist attack in Istanbul was a major reason for the start of the operation. Turkey carried out air strikes on areas dominated by mostly Syrians and...


Turkey in the Black Sea Region: Risks for Russia?

No matter how well the cooperation between Ankara and Kiev may develop, Erdogan will not forget about the “intermediary” role between Ukraine and Russia On February 3, 2022, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan made an official visit to Ukraine, during which he managed to put his signature to a Turkey–Ukraine free trade agreement following more than ten years of negotiations on the provisions of the document. But this was not the only ...


The Deepening Crisis in Turkey-Egypt Relations

... East and claim the leading role in the Islamic world. Relations between them soured in 2013 when a group of officers led by Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, loyal friend and ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The group later went on to form a strategic partnership with Ankara and Doha. After the overthrow of Mursi, Erdogan stated that al-Sisi overthrew the president of Egypt, elected by the people, during an armed coup. Turkey has offered ...


Turkey’s Role in the Libyan Conflict

The formal legitimacy of the Turkish geological exploration and Ankara's rights to the exclusive economic zone depends on the durability of the Faiz Saraj regime On January 8, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan met in Istanbul. Discussions focused on the launch of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, as well as topical issues on the international agenda. After the meeting, both presidents called on all parties involved in the Libyan conflict to cease hostilities...


Buying Russian Missile Systems Would Be a Political Breakthrough for Turkey

... of NATO’s unified air defense system. Therefore the deal is unlikely be finalized, says Valdai Club expert Evgeny Buzhinsky. There should be no drastic and tragic changes in relations between Turkey and the United States. Of course, for Washington Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a “complex partner”, a so-called “Sultan,” who tries to pursue an independent foreign policy. Erdogan, in turn, also has a grudge against the US for the attempted coup in 2016, when the Americans tried to liquidate him ...


How Rational Is President Erdogan’s Policy against Cyprus and Greece: a Case Study

The next few months will make clear whether Moscow remains prepared to pursue the “cohabitation” of its “material embrace” with Turkey and its time-honored “special relationship” with Cyprus President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a sui generis leader: on the one hand, he is recognized as a brilliant strategist; on the other, he manages to intimidate states, infuriate statesmen and stateswomen, and hence alienate himself and Turkey from numerous capitals ...


Turkey–USA Relations in a Tailspin: To Be Continued

... the reforms was important for further strengthening its positions. The AKP interpreted all the 58 per cent of votes in favour of the reform as votes for AKP. This arguably marked the start of the consolidation of power in the hands of the AKP led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a trend that was reinforced after the parliamentary elections in June 2011. The events that took place at Istanbul’s Gezi Park in the summer of 2013 marked the next stage in the “consolidation of power,” which marred the image ...


Do CIA and BND punish Recep T. Erdogan?

Erdogan’s recent motives and cornerstone foreign policy objectives are really problematic for the former allies of Ankara. The more Ankara pushes for an independent foreign policy apart from Washington and Berlin the more it becomes a headache for deep states both in the United States and Germany. Erdogan since sometimes tried to normalize Ankara-Moscow broken relations. For years he opposed Putin’s position on Syria, and he has given up the demand that Syrian dictator Assad must go. On the contrary...


From Kismet to Hizmet

Turkish-born preacher Fethullah Gulen has been broadcasting his brand of Islamism from a protected enclave in the United States since 1999. Even before going into exile on Main Street, the ex Imam maintained what some might call a relationship of spiritual and political condependence with populist politician Recip Tayyip Erdogan that dates back to 1995, when the former semi-professional soccer player became mayor of Istanbul as the candidate of the Islamist Welfare Party. A rancorous split between...


Brinkmanship for useful idiots

If remembered at all, the Bavarian G-7 Summit will likely be recalled for the entertainment value it created, offering a platform for the “leader of the free world” to deliver a personal attack on the character of the “leader of the evil empire.” Social media losing credibility as diplomatic tool According to the Guardian, U.S. president Barack Obama “lambasted” Putin. But it was make-believe. This was not a televised debate or an “on the sidelines”...


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