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QATAR CRISIS CAN BOTH POSITIVELY AND NEGATIVELY AFFECT TURKEY(8.06.2017)

Qatar crisis can both positively and negatively affect Turkey

Qatar crisis can by no means have a direct impact on Turkey, Yusuf Cinar, head of the Turkish analytical center, Strategic Outlook, told Trend June 5.The UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen announced about breaking their diplomatic relations with Qatar over Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s oldest Islamist movement, and also its ties with Saudis’ arch-rival Iran, sparking off simmering dispute in the Gulf Cooperation Council.“However, the Qatar crisis can have an indirect impact on Turkey both negatively and positively,” the expert said.He added that the crisis between Qatar and the six Arab countries is ...


NATIONALISM IN THE SHROUD OF ISLAM: THE CONTRADICTION OF SAUDI ARABIA’S SUNNI AND IRAN’S SHIA ISLAM(6.01.2016)

Nationalism in the Shroud of Islam: The contradiction of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni and Iran’s Shia Islam

Following the declaration of war against terrorism after 9/11 attack in the United States, many democratic and non-democratic states adopted the anti-terror policy to counter and uproot the cancer of terrorism in their countries. From that time, a lot of states and regional powers have used the anti-terrorism rhetoric to advance their national interest including super-powers. Iran and Saudi seeking to dominate in a region of anarchy have adopted the anti- terrorism bait to advance their national interest. And with an existing artificial Shia-Sunni schism, the religious element make both governments task easy to exploit the passion and faith of the masses. This paper argues that t...


DOES SAUDI ARABIA WANT TO MAKE A PEACE?(19.05.2015)

Does Saudi Arabia Want to Make a Peace?

Iran, the United States and five other world powers have sealed a breakthrough framework agreement outlining limits on Iran's nuclear program, despite attempts by Israel and Saudi Arabia to thwart the deal. Saudi Arabia, who is considering as a main opposite force to deal with Shiite Iran, believes that the deal must ensure stability in the region. Moreover, the deal means that Iran will be able to strengthen its presence in the region even more. Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen – the countries where Shiites gained a wide floor, is a direct threat to national security of Saudi Arabia, as well as for Gulf monarchies. İt was not a surprise for mass media when b...


YEMEN: A NEW PROXY WAR OR A CONTINUOUS ARAB SPRING?(14.04.2015)

Yemen: A New Proxy War or a Continuous Arab Spring?

Since the “Arab Spring” movement the political power struggle and the battle for democracy have been an important political issue. Various military, political, economic powers and some para-military groups are shaping the political agenda in the Middle East and Africa. In recent years, the antagonism between Islamic and non-Islamic groups, the clash of Islamic denominations has become more violent. The clash of denominations mainly occurs between Sunni and Shia groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen.  Yemen offers cultural, strategic and historical diversity. Etymologically “Yemen” means „right side" in Arabic and in Roman times it was called “...


WILL TUNISIA REPLACE THE TURKISH MODEL IN THE MIDDLE EAST?(12.01.2014)

Will Tunisia replace the Turkish Model in the Middle East?

Is Tunisia Coming Close to Democracy?It all started for Tunisia when a fruit vendor set himself on fire to express hoplessness after his cart was confiscated. This incident has changed the face of an entire region as Tunisia, despite being the smallest country in North Africa, sparked an uprising that inspired similar movements in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.While some movements were suppressed before they came to the light, the result of the uprising was disastrous in other countries such as in Libya and Syria. In Egypt, the contradiction of interests between the Islamists and seculars  brought the first democratically elected go...


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