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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...


A RIVALRY TO DEATH: UNDERSTANDING THE BATTLE OF YEMEN (27.06.2015)

A Rivalry to Death: Understanding the Battle of Yemen

Heavy artillery clashes between Yemen's dominant Houthi rebel group and local fighters shook the southern cities of Taiz and Dalea after a Scud missile was launched toward Saudi Arabia. The fighting in Yemen already crossed the Saudi border in Jizan, where Saudi forces countered an attack of Houthi fighters.  Last week, a car bomb killed and injured at least 50 near the headquarters of the Houthis group in Sanaa. That explosion echoed the failed peace talks in Geneva that battle ended last week without a ceasefire agreement. And so the battle continues.The battle for Yemen is amongst the more recent ones in the Middle East but is also an old one – and one that can serve as a...


TURKEY’S PRECIOUS ABSENCE IN THE REGION(27.06.2015)

Turkey’s precious absence in the region

A number of discussions have taken place on how an influential foreign policy could be implemented in a delicate time period. Turkey’s foreign policy has turned from strategic depth to precious loneliness. Some argue that Turkey remains lonely and alienated because it is addressing human rights violations alone, without the Middle East’s support. This does not attract worldwide support and regional countries face serious instability. This makes the implementation of its policies unlikely to succeed.This term embodies a sign of a new approach for foreign policy-makers. The growing intolerance of any critical approach vis-à-vis the current foreign policy style, does not allow for healt...


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...


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