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Positive developments for Turkish economy as lira rallies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who made a speech after the Cabinet meeting Monday evening, touching on almost every topic on the agenda, including the coronavirus pandemic, shared the following data with respect to the economy:“Appreciating 18 perce... more

Erdoğan’s surprise constitution move: What will follow?

To make an inventory of the Justice and Development (AK) Party’s “periods of conflict” with the tutelage order, let us venture down memory lane, going as far back as 2007, taking a look at the history of efforts made to revamp the Turkish Constitutio... more

Will Turkey hold snap elections in June?

Good Party (İP) Chairwoman Meral Akşener has been saying for some time now that snap elections will be held as early as June 2021, in other words, in five months. A while ago she had said, “[President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan does not like winter. I am ... more

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


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