Turkey

Russia and Turkey: Sometimes strongmen need to get along
Russia and Turkey: Sometimes strongmen need to get along
Ahead of this week’s meeting between presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Sochi, it’s worth trying to make sense of the important yet complex – and occasionally…
How Turkey’s position on Ukraine is further destabilising Syria
How Turkey’s position on Ukraine is further destabilising Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last month announced an upcoming military operation in Syria, which followed heightened rhetoric against Finland and Sweden’s efforts to…
Turkey’s leverage over Russia – in Syria and beyond
Turkey’s leverage over Russia – in Syria and beyond
Russia’s current military fiasco in Ukraine could have a serious impact on Moscow’s position in Syria. A decision by Turkey to close its airspace to Russian planes flying to…
Turkey plays the dance of the go-betweens in Ukraine war
Turkey plays the dance of the go-betweens in Ukraine war
Facing the media on the ground in Bucha on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reflected sombrely on the progress of talks between Ukraine and Russia. “It is very…
Erdoǧan loses his way
Erdoǧan loses his way
Some 10 years ago, Time magazine featured Turkey’s then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan on its cover. Erdoǧan was riding high. His Justice and Development Party (AKP) had just…
Turbulence, the Taliban, and Turkey’s role in Afghanistan’s future
Turbulence, the Taliban, and Turkey’s role in Afghanistan’s future
Amid the chaos of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, regional players including Turkey have been jostling to position themselves with the new regime and take advantage of the…
The challenge to the Abraham Accords
The challenge to the Abraham Accords
For countries party to the so-called Abraham Accords – the series of diplomatic agreements that normalised relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan…
Telephone diplomacy: Joe Biden signals a new approach towards Turkey
Telephone diplomacy: Joe Biden signals a new approach towards Turkey
Joe Biden fulfilled a campaign promise on 24 April, one that several of his predecessors had demurred on, when he recognised the Armenian genocide of 1915. In a carefully worded…
Nagorno-Karabakh: Peace – for now
Nagorno-Karabakh: Peace – for now
Six weeks of renewed fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh ended last week after Russia brokered a trilateral agreement with the…
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Increasingly deadly and destabilising  
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Increasingly deadly and destabilising  
The re-emergence of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in September 2020 over the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh has taken a much more deadly and destabilising turn…