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  • Erdogan’s New Foreign Policy Volte Face

    It remains to be seen to what extent Turkish President Recep Tayyeb Erdogan’s recent efforts to mend broken regional ties and address concerns over domestic policies will succeed.

    December 23, 2020

    Turkish Foreign Policy: From ‘Zero Problem’ to Zero Friends

    Turkish global power aspirations are hindered by a lack of regional influence. Ankara wishes to enhance strategic depth in the neighborhood. Deviating from a soft power approach, President Erdogan has increasingly adopted a confrontational foreign policy.

    November 06, 2020

    The South Caucasus Imbroglio: Armenia–Azerbaijan Conflict

    Armenia and Azerbaijan have come to blows over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh after a quarter of a century. There are numerous geo-strategic interests at play in the conflict that will impact regional peace and security.

    October 28, 2020

    Erdogan's Turkey: Politics, Populism and Democratisation Dilemmas

    The nearly two decades of Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AKP; Justice and Development Party) rule has raised a number of questions on the advancement or reversal of democratisation in Turkey. Besides the partisan debate on increasing authoritarian behaviour of Erdogan, there have been limited attempts to comprehensively examine the way AKP has shaped the Turkish politics in the context of the democratisation debate.

    2020

    It is Advantage Turkey in Libya

    Under President Erdoğan, Ankara has become more ambitious and is using every opportunity to intervene in regional politics.

    June 22, 2020

    COVID-19 in Non-GCC Countries: An Overview

    The pandemic continues to amplify the crisis in West Asia, making it hard for governments to cope with it individually. In the absence of a coordinated effort at the regional level, the road to economic recovery will be long and uneven.

    May 29, 2020

    Turkey Struggles to Tackle COVID-19

    The political divisions and economic challenges facing the country have complicated the government’s response to the pandemic, putting the population at risk and threatening to undermine the popularity of President Erdogan.

    April 14, 2020

    Murthy Karanam asked: What is the reason behind Turkey's unequivocal support to Pakistan on multiple issues? What is the history of relations between the two countries?

    Md. Muddassir Quamar replies: Turkey and Pakistan share a strong bond of friendship encompassing political, cultural, economic and defence relations. Besides being Muslim-majority republican countries, their geopolitical interests converge in Afghanistan and Central Asia and they look towards each other as economic partners and for political and security cooperation.

    AKP, the Arab Spring and the Unravelling of the Turkey ‘Model’

    The rise of the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), its domestic and foreign policy successes and its early response to the Arab Spring made it popular in the Arab world. Many inside Turkey, the US and the Arab world saw the AKP as an Islamist party with a difference, that could be a ‘model’ for the Arab countries struggling with a democratic deficit.

    July 2018

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