As the rest of world countries, Turkey has been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic and its social and economic consequences. This crisis has added an additional burden for the country as Turkish economy already suffers from the depreciation of the Turkish Lira, an increasing inflation, unemployment and debt. It has also intensified political struggle in the country in light of the debate regarding the performance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party government in managing the crisis, as well as, Turkey’s involvement in regional conflicts, especially in Syria and Libya.
The Emirates Policy center (EPC) has recently organized a webinar, in which a select of Turkish experts took part to discuss these and other topics. The following are some excerpts of their interventions.
There is a near unanimity that the Emirati-Israeli peace treaty represents an important strategic shift, the reverberations of which has surpassed the Middle East region to other regions and the world. Several experts and analysts expect that this treaty will have key implications on the ties of two countries and the map of power redistribution in the region. The Emirates Policy Center (EPC) has organized a webinar to analyze and foresee the significance of this key event and its short and long-term consequences. Follows are some of the key intakes of what the participants have said:
Many analysts have viewed the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, or the Caesar Act for short, which the US administration began to implement in June 2020, as a "game changer" in the Syrian chessboard, considering that it would prevent the Syrian President from converting the military victory into political results to perpetuate his stay in power indefinitely. It would also deprive his allies Russia and Iran of reaping the fruit of their intervention in Syria. The Emirates Policy Center (EPC) had held a webinar on 8 July 2020, with the participation of a group of experts in Syrian affairs, with the aim of discussing the Act and its potential repercussions internally and externally. Below are the most important remarks that featured in their interventions in this regard.
While Iran was suffering heavily as a result of the successive economic sanctions imposed by the US following the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal) in May 2018, it was afflicted by a new crisis as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic. Iran was not only the first country in the Middle East to have an outbreak of the virus, it was also one of the countries most affected by its outbreak in the region. The regime's embarrassment in managing the coronavirus crisis was evident, which widened the gap between the people and the regime. The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated the problems of the Iranian regime and complicated the challenges that it must face. This is expected to have potential impacts on the regime’s domestic and foreign policies. In June 2020, the Emirates Policy Center (EPC) had organized a webinar to discuss the repercussions of the US sanctions and the coronavirus crisis on Iran. Below are the most important remarks in the interventions of the experts who participated in that webinar.
The US President Donald Trump has finally unveiled the “Deal of the Century” which includes his administration’s vision for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump’s aids have been promoting this deal for months. The 6th Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, which was held by the Emirates Policy Center in Nov. 2019, dedicated one of its sessions to this deal and its implications. The following are the key ideas presented by speakers on this issue:
The US has extended an invitation to the foreign ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to meet in Washington on Nov. 6, 2019 to discuss the issue of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam in the presence of a representative form the World Bank in an attempt to break the deadlock. Although failure of Washington’s talks is still possible, however, some believe that this round of negotiations might lead to some kind of a breakthrough and establish new foundations for dialogue among the concerned parties. So, what are the chances of Washington’s meeting? Could it put the crisis of the Renaissance Dam on the path of solution?