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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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Reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque may be a vote-winner for Erdogan

A debate is again open in Turkey on the question of reconverting the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque. 

July 06, 2020

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