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Turkey s Comeback to Central Asia

Turkey’s Comeback to Central Asia

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Turkey emerged as an influential player in the Muslim and ethnically Turkic republics of Central Asia....

Uzbekistan as a Gateway for Turkey s Return to Central

Uzbekistan as a Gateway for Turkey’s Return to Central Asia

After two decades of downhill diplomacy, Turkey and Uzbekistan have pledged to deepen bilateral ties in years to come. Given its geopolitical...

The Silk Road between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Silk Road between a Rock and a Hard Place: Russian and Chinese Competition for Central Asia’s Energy

China’s displacement of Russian economic influence in Central Asia is generating great interest in Western academic and policy circles, but this...

The June 24 Elections On Political Change and the Future

The June 24 Elections: On Political Change and the Future of Turkey

On June 24, 2018, two elections that determine Turkey’s future took place. By focusing on the political transformation that shaped the June 24...

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election

Libya, which ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has been dragged into another crisis. This study addresses the situation, by taking...

Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey The June 24

Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey: The June 24 Elections

On June 24, 2018, with a participation rate of more than 85 percent, Turkey elected its President and parliamentarians. While determining Turkey’s...

Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Donald Trump

Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Donald Trump

While the future of the transatlantic relations has been a serious question of concern since the end of the Cold War, the institutionalized...

The European Union and the Mainstreaming of the Radical Right

The European Union and the Mainstreaming of the Radical Right

Radical right wing parties have been increasingly effective in challenging and eroding this consensus, using a redemptive sovereigntist platform to...

Turkey-EU Customs Union Its Modernization and Potential for Turkey-EU Relations

Turkey-EU Customs Union: Its Modernization and Potential for Turkey-EU Relations

The customs union is still one of the most concrete outcomes of Turkey’s gradual integration to the EU. However, due to changes in world trade, EU...

Virtual Neighbors Russia and the EU in Cyberspace

Virtual Neighbors: Russia and the EU in Cyberspace

The last decade has witnessed the consolidation of the European Union as a cybersecurity actor. Many of these developments have, directly or...

Germany and the European Union Post-Brexit Hegemon

Germany and the European Union: Post-Brexit Hegemon

In late-March 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. Will Brexit lead to Germany becoming the EU’s hegemon? The...

It s a Family Affair Religion Geopolitics and the Rise

It’s a Family Affair: Religion, Geopolitics and the Rise of Mohammed bin Salman

Over the past year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has experienced a period of rapid transformation under the direction of a new Crown Prince,...

The Gulf Crisis The U S Factor

The Gulf Crisis: The U.S. Factor

The election of the U.S. President Donald Trump played a key role in reigniting the Gulf crisis. The blockading quartet (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain...

The Regional Geo-sectarian Contest over the Gulf

The Regional Geo-sectarian Contest over the Gulf

Sectarianism in the Middle East has intensified since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the outbreak of the Arab Spring, and has transformed into...

Lessons and Legacies of the Blockade of Qatar

Lessons and Legacies of the Blockade of Qatar

The diplomatic and economic blockade of Qatar launched on June 5, 2017 has gravely weakened the Gulf Cooperation Council and raised questions in...

Turkey s Leadership in the Jerusalem Crisis

Turkey’s Leadership in the Jerusalem Crisis

This commentary analyzes the factors behind Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy therein,...

China and India The Struggle for Mastery in Eurasia

China and India: The Struggle for Mastery in Eurasia

This article examines the economic and strategic rivalry between China and India along with a number of dimensions: infrastructure, border...

Beyond the Nominal and the Ad Hoc The Substance and

Beyond the Nominal and the Ad Hoc: The Substance and Drivers of China-Russia Military Cooperation

Post-Cold War China-Russia relations have always been a matter of debate. Since the end of the Cold War, the China-Russia strategic cooperation has...

The United States and China Strategic Rivalry in Africa

The United States and China: Strategic Rivalry in Africa

This commentary underscores the strategic rivalry taking place in Africa between the United States and China, sparked by the latter’s massive...

Turkish-German Challenges in the Light of German Federal Elections

Turkish-German Challenges in the Light of German Federal Elections

There are few, if any, examples of two countries, without common state borders, that possess such an intense relationship as that of Turkey and...

Jerusalem s Deal of the Century

Jerusalem’s Deal of the Century

U.S. President, Donald Trump, could not have gone ahead with his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had it not been for the...

U S -Russian Relations in the Trump Era

U.S.-Russian Relations in the Trump Era

Donald J. Trump’s rhetorical shift from ‘leadership’ to ‘greatness’ made possible some sort of rapprochement between the U.S. and Russia, after a...

Kirkuk Iraq's Next War What Options Does Turkey Have

Kirkuk, Iraq's Next War: What Options Does Turkey Have?

As the battle for Mosul is entering its final stage, observers of Iraq's political scene anticipate a more devastating and far reaching war in...

Rohingya A Preventable Genocide Allowed to Happen

Rohingya: A Preventable Genocide Allowed to Happen

The world is standing by and failing to act as the ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Burma are subjected to a systematic campaign to drive them out of the...

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