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Sinem Cengiz

Sinem Cengiz is a Turkish political analyst who specializes in Turkey’s relations with the Middle East. 

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Deciphering the broader implications of Iran’s attacks

It is crucial to interpret Iran’s recent attacks within a broader context, considering both regional and international dynamics, as they have consequences that impact all Middle Eastern actors.

January 19, 2024

Deciphering Turkiye’s attitude to Israel-Hamas conflict

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas enters its second week, regional actors are vying for a mediation role to help de-escalate tensions. One such actor is Turkiye, which maintains relations with both the conflicting parties.

October 13, 2023

New free trade deals could connect Turkiye, Iran and the Gulf states

Iran has revealed plans for a free trade zone with Turkiye, with an agreement expected to be signed in the next couple of months.

May 12, 2023

Saudi Arabia, Turkiye could play key role in ending Sudan conflict

While the region’s countries have put aside their militarized foreign policies thanks to the normalization climate that is sweeping the Middle East, the clashes in Sudan have reinforced the militarization of politics there, bringing large-scale instability on to the doorstep of key actors.

April 29, 2023

Turkiye’s perspective on the Saudi Arabia-Iran agreement

The China-brokered agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which was announced on March 10, was positively received by Turkish policymakers in Ankara. Turkiye is one of the countries in the region that closely follows developments between Riyadh and Tehran.

March 24, 2023