TURKEY

Briefs

  • Ahmed Diab | 11 Oct 2020

    The Russian-Turkish Disagreements: Issues and Consequences

    Despite the apparent rapprochement in Russia–Turkey relations, a number of contentious issues between the two States have recently come to the surface. Moscow’s relations with Ankara seem to have lost the relative warmth of the last few years, becoming dominated instead by coldness and mutual suspicion, if not even polarization and confrontation.

  • EPC | 07 Oct 2020

    Turkish Economic Crisis: The Plunge of Lira and Exacerbation of Debt

    The Turkish economy continues to suffer from the effects of the financial crisis that began in 2018 and worsened with the coronavirus pandemic. Among the most prominent manifestations of the crisis are the collapse of the value of the Turkish lira (TL) despite all the measures taken by the Central Bank (TCMB), the decline in foreign investment and foreign financing, and the inability to pay the debts owed by the Turkish government and companies. This paper reviews the reality and indicators of the Turkish economy until the end of September 2020.

  • Yaşar Yakış | 04 Oct 2020

    Incoherence in Turkey's Attitude on Israel-UAE Relations

    ​In the wake of the declaration of the agreement that establishes diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Aug. 13, 2020, Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed its negative attitude to it and issued a statement saying: “The conscience of the regional countries will never forgive this hypocritical behaviour of the UAE.” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan went one step further and said that Turkey might suspend its relations with the UAE, which Ankara has not done so far.

  • Hamdi Bashir | 24 Aug 2020

    The Role of Turkish Security Companies in Africa: Incentives and Risks of Expansion

    The African continent is witnessing a noticeable growth in the activity of international security companies. The Libyan crisis has revealed the growing role of the Turkish company SADAT International Defense Consultancy in Libya, especially after its involvement in the training of militias associated with the Government of National Accord (GNA) since November 2019, and the letter of the United Nations (UN) to the Turkish government in June 2020 to inquire about the role of SADAT in recruiting and transferring Syrian mercenaries and children to Libya. This raises many questions about the nature of the company's security role, the motives and limits of that role, and the risks of its expansion on the African continent.

  • EPC | 19 Aug 2020

    Why Does Turkey Fear the Emirati-Israeli Rapprochement?

    ​The Turkish positions condemning the recent rapprochement between the UAE and Israel and the conclusion of a peace treaty between the two countries came to reflect the reality of the Turkish positions on regional developments that began to surround Turkey from several aspects. Today, Turkey lives in a state of political alienation on more than one front. It has started to forge close ties with the forces of chaos and anarchy in the Middle East, its role in Iraq and Libya being a clear example of this.

  • Firas Elias | 30 Jun 2020

    The Turkish Military Operation in Northern Iraq: Goals and Dimensions

    The military operation carried out by Turkey in areas in northern Iraq since 15 June 2020 against bases of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positioned there has once again shed light on the complicated security environment that has been characterizing the Iraqi-Turkish border for decades. Apparently, through this operation, Turkey seeks to make these areas part of the safe zone in northeastern Syria.

  • EPC | 07 Nov 2019

    From Stagnation to a Deepening Crisis: Troubles in the Turkish Economy in the Run up to 2020

    After taking power in 2002, the Justice and Development Party achieved economic growth through its policies of granting funding to the private sector to carry out mega-projects, pumping credit through commercial banks, and attracting foreign investment.

  • EPC | 23 Apr 2018

    Early Elections in Turkey: Causes and Potential Outcomes

    On April 18, 2018, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that presidential and parliamentary elections would take place earlier than planned on June 24, 2018.