Putin and Erdogan set to meet: What you need to know

Erdogan will visit Moscow on 05 March to discuss the deteriorating relations between Turkey and Russia in Syria. Tensions are high with Putin reportedly having refused to visit Turkey to discuss Erdogan and insisting that any talks required the Turkish President to come to Moscow. So, what can we expect? The problem Turkey is frustrated that it has had to …

Why was the Kuala Lumpur Summit significant?

A summit that brought together Turkey, Qatar, and Malaysia, a last-minute invitation for Iran, and a threat from Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Pakistan and Indonesia warning them not to attend. Why was the Kuala Lumpur Summit significant enough to warrant such a series of diplomatic manoeuvres? Put simply, the summit was a challenge to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, …

Understanding Erdogan’s Appeal

A ‘firebrand’, ‘polarising’, ‘increasingly authoritarian’, and an ‘arrogant self-indulgent man pretending to be a Sultan’. These are some of the criticisms levied at Turkish president Receb Tayyeb Erdogan who has dominated the Turkish political scene since 2003, winning successive elections with his AK Parti, revamping the Turkish economy, overseeing a period of genuine prosperity, and has expanded Turkey’s international prowess. …

Turkey Snap Elections 2018: What you need to know

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm]   What you need to know about the snap Turkish elections   Attempts have been made to encourage former President Abdullah Gul to run against President Erdogan. The aim behind these attempts is to split the Islamist vote. Although Gul appears to have rejected the opportunity to run, his silence has been noted by AK Parti supporters as …

What is Turkey doing in Serbia?

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm] Erdogan’s visit to Serbia late in 2017 was received with much pomp. The Serbians were clearly happy to receive him and the Turks were just as pleased with the warm bilateral relations reflected in agreements that will see a significant increase in trade. So what brings about this rapprochement between two historic rivals? And what drives Erdogan to …

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is a result of a golden opportunity

The Middle East peace process has been the bane of many US presidents. Each comes in with their own ‘unique’ approach, navigating the lobbying of AIPAC, Israel’s constant tantrums, the relentless fervour of Hamas, and the inconsistency of Fatah. The problem in and of itself is not complex. Israel is an occupying force on Palestinian territory. What complicates the issue …