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Yasar Yakis

Yasar Yakis is a former foreign minister of Turkey and founding member of the ruling AK Party.

Twitter: @yakis_yasar

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Erdogan’s conundrum: Who will govern Afrin?

Turkey’s military operation in the Syrian district of Afrin has completed its first stage, which was the seizure of the city of Afrin. After this difficult episode, Turkey is now taking its efforts into the political arena.

March 26, 2018

Turkey must overhaul its approach to Arab nations

Turkey’s relations with Arab countries have reached a record low. Relations may of course deteriorate between countries from time to time when their national interests collide, but in the case of Turkey and Arab countries, there was no threat to the interests of either side.

March 19, 2018

Ghouta not the end of the road for Assad

Syrian government forces are tightening their grip around Ghouta. The elimination of opposition fighters in this enclave is important for the regime because it is the closest pocket of resistance to the capital.

March 12, 2018

UN adds uncertainty to Turkey’s Afrin operation

Turkey’s military operation in the Syrian district of Afrin has now progressed unabated for more than 40 days.

March 04, 2018

Could Afrin lead to a breakthrough in Turkey-Syria relations?

Turkey’s military operation in the northern Syrian province of Afrin is unfolding almost entirely as predicted. Resistance and difficulties were expected, as they are in any military confrontation. 

February 26, 2018

Turkey-US train crash has been avoided — for now

With a view to lowering the tension in Turkish-American relations, US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson added Turkey to their tour of the Middle East last week.

February 19, 2018

Calling a spade a spade in Turkey’s relations with the EU

There was an appetite in the early years of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to support Turkey’s accession to the European Union. This appetite died down in later years for reasons attributable mainly to the EU, but also to Turkey.

February 12, 2018

Ordinary Syrians paying the price as peace process drags on

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress was held last week in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi and ended with modest results, mainly because of the absence of the main opposition groups. The meeting was convened thanks to Russia’s persistent efforts.

February 05, 2018

Afrin assault to cause paradigm shifts in Turkey’s foreign affairs

Turkey’s military operation in Afrin is likely to change several paradigms in the region and beyond. One of them will be the test for NATO solidarity, which is enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

January 29, 2018