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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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Turkey’s tricky balancing act in Afghanistan

Turkey last month volunteered to assume the management and security of Kabul airport in Afghanistan and negotiations are now underway with the Afghan government, the US and the Taliban to sort out the details. NATO has admitted that this mission suits Turkey better than its other members.

July 11, 2021

Turkey’s difficult choices after NATO, EU summits

Turkey is faced with some difficult choices after two important summits that took place last month.

July 04, 2021

Turkey’s balancing act with the US and Russia

For decades, Turkey’s relations with the US and Russia have been a zero-sum game: When its relations with Russia improve, its American ties decline. The same rule also applies to Turkey’s relations with NATO and Russia.

June 06, 2021

Turkey slides down the EU’s agenda

In an effort to improve its relations with EU countries, Turkey last year withdrew its seismic exploration ship from the eastern Mediterranean, while claiming that this withdrawal was only for maintenance purposes. However, it is unclear what will happen when the maintenance is complete.

April 04, 2021

Erdogan’s eye on next Turkish election

The Turkish government has taken several initiatives in an attempt to increase its support ahead of the general election to be held in 2023.

March 28, 2021

New warmth in Ankara and Cairo

Turkey this month sent the strongest message yet indicating its desire to improve relations with many Arab countries, particularly Egypt.

March 21, 2021

Russia tightens its grip on Armenia

A crisis was expected in Armenia after the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War, and it did not take long to arise. It started as an arm-twisting exercise between the civilian and military authorities of Armenia but evolved to further consolidate Russia’s influence in the country.

March 07, 2021