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Turkey’s defense industry objectives for the next decade

The other day, we were hosted at the Presidency of Defense Industries in Kızıldere, Ankara, by İsmail Demir, who has been serving as the institute’s president since 2014.After giving an account of all that was done and achieved in 2020, he continued ... more

Could Turkey’s relations with Biden become ‘predictable’?

We were with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu last week for the 2020 foreign policy evaluation meeting. When answering a question regarding the Joe Biden term, he said, “We want our relations with the U.S. to become predictable.”The nature ... more

Turkey seeks normalization with EU, peace with France

Let us recall, when Russia-backed Syrian units took action in February 2020 to capture Idlib, a new and massive refugee crisis had come knocking at Turkey’s doors. Bashar Assad’s regime was not given this opportunity at the cost of grave losses. The ... more

How will US sanctions affect Turkey?

I attended a meeting yesterday, accompanied by a number of my colleagues, with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, to discuss pressing issues on the agenda and ask any question we have on our minds regarding the latest developments.Akar began his s... more

Will US sanctions impact Turkey’s critical defense projects?

The outline of the U.S. sanction decision against Turkey became clear with the news received from Washington on Monday. Accordingly, it was reported that the head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency (SSB), İsmail Demir, and Presidency officials... more

Tough challenges ahead in Turkey’s relations with Europe, US

The European Union leaders’ summit will convene Thursday and Friday, with Turkey as the main item on the agenda. Will sanctions be imposed? Or much like the summit in early October, will there be a “postponed” decision, which does not entirely elimin... more

Possible scenarios about the future of Turkey-US ties

Four weeks have passed since the U.S. November 3rd election results crystallized.The question we asked four weeks ago right after it became clear that Joe Biden had won the election is still valid today.That question was the following: What type of a... more

Can Turkey’s relations with Europe, US be revived?

Turkey is going through a process that topped agendas with a statement President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made in the second week of November: “We are launching a reform in the economy and law.”So to speak, we have set off on a new path.We know that in t... more

News of victory from Karabakh

In October 1998 as a young reporter I traveled to Azerbaijan to conduct a study on the Baku-ceyhan pipeline, which was still in the stage of being a project. Back in those days, Baku was not the sleek and dapper city it is today because the country’s... more

Ankara’s expectations from the Biden administration

The results of the election held Tuesday were finalized only Saturday, and Democrat candidate Joe Biden was declared the 46th U.S. president. The first order of congratulations for Biden’s election victory from Turkey was interestingly extended by ma... more


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