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Turkey as a partner and challenge for European Security

EU-Turkey Relations in the Aftermath of the 25 March European Council.

Discussion led by Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, speakers: Çiğdem Nas, Kostas Ifantis, Günter Seufert, Dorothée Schmid, in: Foreign Policy Talks: Turkey as a partner and a challenge for European Security, Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Kadir Has University,, 31.03.2021 (video)


EU Summit: Turkey says European sanctions plan is 'biased, unlawful'

Interview by Laura Cellier, in:, 11.12.2020 (video)


Web Panel: Turkish-EU Relations Before the Leaders Summit | Risks and New Opportunities

Discussion led by Talha Köse, SETA Brussels ASBL, speakers: Günter Seufert, SWP, German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Laura Batalla Adam, Secretary-General EU-Turkey Forum; Zafer Meşe, SETA Berlin, in:, 02.12.2020 (video)

Ritula Shah

Turkey flexes on the world stage

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has taken on a new dimension with the alleged involvement of the Turkish military. Armenia says one of its fighter jets was shot down by a Turkish aircraft over the disputed central Asian region of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the summer, France accused the Turkish navy of confronting one of its frigates in pursuit of a vessel suspected of taking arms to Libya. Meanwhile Turkey's understanding with Russia and Iran over the war in Syria has strained its ties with Washington, as well as several Gulf countries. So do these events suggest that Ankara is becoming more assertive in its foreign policy? Or is this the reaction of a country that finds itself isolated and is being forced to act in order to preserve its interests? Does Turkey still see a future in NATO? And what is the long term vision of president Erdogan; are his critics right to accuse him of trying to return the country to its Ottoman past?

Discussion led by Ritula Shah, contributors: Selim Yenel, Ilke Toygur, Suat Kiniklioglu, Ian Lesser, Ilnur Cevik, Anastasios Chatzivasileiou, The Real Story Podcast, in:, 01.10.2020 (Podcast)


Tide turning in Libyan war

Air superiority remains most important factor to determine how war for capital will continue

in:, 17.04.2020


How long will the Turkish-Russian deal on Idlib last?

The March 5 agreement will likely follow the fate of all previous Idlib deals and fall apart soon.

in: Al Jazeera, 16.03.2020


Libyan crisis transforms geopolitics in Mediterranean

Turkey’s expansion of its range in central Mediterranean toward Libya is leading to geopolitical transformations in region

in:, 04.01.2020


US withdrawal from Syria leaves Kurds backed into a corner

Donald Trump's decision to put an end to the US military operation against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria has left many observers wondering what might happen to Washington's main partners on the ground, the Kurds, and whether their enemy Turkey offered the president anything in return.

in:, 20.12.2019


Why the Middle East Is Betting on China

Chinese foreign policy in the Middle East is highly transactional, focusing on energy and economics, and avoiding sensitive geopolitical issues. In a region as volatile as the Middle East, however, the question is how long such an approach can be sustained.

in:, 22.08.2019


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