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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-US ties at risk of becoming deadlocked

The “D-day” is approaching between Turkey and the US for the deployment of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system and the retaliatory sanctions that the White House has threatened to impose on Turkey. 

July 07, 2019

Erdogan’s risky game in northern Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday announced that Turkey will carry out a military operation east of the Euphrates river in Syria “in a couple of days.”  

December 17, 2018

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