Is The Khashoggi Murder Being Forgotten?

It’s been more than 100 days since Jamal Khashoggi’s horrendous murder took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. A death squad committed the crime, and then reported “mission accomplished” to their bosses in Riyadh. Most were imprisoned to save the real culprits. From the outset, Turkey pushed hard to reveal those


Washington’s History of Surrealpolitik in the Middle East

US policy in the Middle East has a long history of repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. Although each new US administration ignites new hopes, we have seen the same results for decades. Washington’s foreign policy – frequently contextualised in the labyrinths of American hegemony, great power competition


Turkey is Now a Permanent Proxy Sponsor

With a state-centric approach and risk-averse foreign policy for the most part of its republican period, Turkey has had limited knowledge, desire and capacity for effectively engaging the unconventional means and methods through which proxy contestations are carried out. Turkey is evidently a late-comer to the proxy conflict arena. Iran,


Imposing a New Order on the Gulf

There is a great amount of confusion surrounding the chaos in the Gulf, a crisis that emerged unexpectedly owing to a provocation no one predicted. One of the main actors in the triangle of Gulf chaos is a king, another an emir, and the third a president. Even if we


Erdogan in Berlin: A chance to mend bridges after EU-Turkey rift

During the cold war era, Turkey lost several chances. Under a block-shaped international order and a smaller Europe, it would have been easier then for Turkey to integrate into the EU with its relatively small size. Instead, Turkey managed to enter NATO and the alliance worked well for all parties,


Turkey’s 15 July Coup Attempt: A Year Later

I witnessed the 9/11 attacks in New York. I cannot forget the terror wreaked by the collapse of the Twin Towers. I was an eyewitness to destruction and terrorism in Iraq, the suffering caused by the US invasion that followed 9/11. I will never forget the bombings and massacres in



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