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Oct 12, 2021

Turkey has flipped the script on its regional isolation. But will it amount to real change?

By Karel Valansi

Over the past year, Turkey has launched efforts to normalize its strained relations with several states in the Middle East. While the countries have successfully managed to de-escalate tensions, doubts remain as to how far the efforts will lead.

Conflict Crisis Management


Sep 30, 2021

Experts react: The key takeaways from the Erdoğan-Putin meeting

By Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in-person in Sochi, Russia for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Atlantic Council experts give their take on the outcome.

Conflict Defense Industry


Sep 2, 2021

Expert react: What the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan means for Turkey

By Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan has changed the regional landscape. For Turkey, a NATO member that has made significant contributions to the mission in Afghanistan, here’s what that will mean, straight from our experts.

Afghanistan Conflict


Aug 27, 2021

What Afghanistan’s fall means for the future of NATO and Turkey

By Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Former Turkish Ambassador Alper Coşkun joins the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY to discuss the implications of recent developments in Afghanistan to the NATO alliance and the future of Turkey’s foreign policy and engagement with Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Conflict


Jul 1, 2021

Can energy be the key to Turkish-US relations in the Biden era?

By Eser Özdil

In spite of ups and downs in the political relationship, the United States and Turkey have always shared mutual interests on energy including through the Southern Gas Corridor and emerging LNG trade. Shared priorities on developing renewables and cooperation to strengthen the energy security of Eastern Europe are now emerging areas of cooperation.

Climate Change & Climate Action Economy & Business


Jun 29, 2021

Biden-Erdoğan icebreaker could set the stage for a bilateral thaw

By Grady Wilson

Biden and Erdogan emerged from a long meeting on the sidelines of the June 14 NATO summit upbeat and positive, setting the stage for dialogue and progress in bilateral relations. Turkey and the United States share an expansive list of disagreements and tensions points as well as mutual interests and opportunities. Both sides are unanimous on the importance of bilateral relations but it remains to be seen how the two countries will manage their current challenges.

Conflict International Organizations


Jun 14, 2021

Expert React: The key takeaways from the Biden-Erdoğan Meeting

By Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels on June 14 for the first time since Biden’s election. Atlantic Council experts offer their reactions on the meeting and its key takeaways.

Conflict Defense Technologies


Apr 29, 2021

Turkey and the new Libyan government: continuity, change, and new opportunities

By Karim Mezran and Dario Cristiani

The new Libyan leadership’s early moves on the international stage demonstrate its openness to engaging with all actors. Interim Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibeh’s government’s closest and most important international partner is Turkey, which, driven by strategic interests has continued to support the internationally recognized Libya government.

Conflict Libya


Apr 5, 2021

The end of the Gulf rift may not signal the end of Turkey-Qatar relations

By Meliha Benli Altunışık

Early this year, changing regional power balances drove Qatar and the GCC bloc to a normalization agreement, almost four years after the imposition of an embargo on Qatar. During that time, Qatar and Turkey developed an increasingly close and multifaceted relationship. Although cutting military ties between Qatar and Turkey had been on the original list of demands issued by the Saudi led bloc, don’t expect any in Turkey-Qatar relations.

Defense Industry Economic Sanctions


Mar 18, 2021

How to end the US-Turkey dialogue of the deaf

By Matthew Bryza

With Trump and his special affinity for Erdoğan gone, one would predict that the US-Turkey bilateral relationship would become more complicated. But rather than hunkering down for more confrontation, Erdoğan has opened the door for a reset of US-Turkey relations.

Economy & Business Oil and Gas