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Briefing on Brexit

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Turkey and the UK are set to grow closer after Brexit as they put mutual interest above domestic concerns Despite both countries experiencing periods of domestic instability, UK-Turkey relations continue to be defined by a pragmatic approach based on strong economic ties. Brexit means that the Interest of Turkey and the UK will become increasingly […]

Briefing on the Gulf Crisis

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The Saudi led blockade of Qatar looks likely to reset relations in the Middle East, forcing Turkey to reconsider its recent foreign policy. Turkey is Qatar’s closest ally in the region, a relationship that has been developed through growing military and economic links. Turkey’s attempts to mediate the crisis have failed, leading Ankara to take […]

Briefing on Incirlik air base

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Germany and Turkey’s squabble over access to the strategic and symbolic Incirlik airbase reflects worsening tensions between Turkey and the West, and how actors in both countries are willing to employ this antagonism for domestic political gain. • Incirlik airbase is very important strategically for NATO and is symbolic of Turkey’s military cooperation with the […]

Briefing on Turkey’s tourism industry and economy

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Turkey’s formerly successful tourism industry has been hit hard by the regional and global security concerns of the last year, hurting Turkey’s economy, which is showing resilience amid hardship. The security concerns of 2016 seriously dented Turkey’s tourism industry, impacting the economy, with 2017 and beyond predicted to be even worse. The tourism industry plays […]

Briefing on Turkey’s cooperation with armed non-state actors

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Turkey’s expansive and complex security environment leads it to cooperate with armed non-state actors, a practice which presents particular challenges. • The range of conflicts on its doorstep and hostile actors means Turkey feels it necessary to cooperate with armed non-state actors domestically and in its near abroad. • Maintaining oversight over such groups presents […]

Briefing on the government’s combat of the Gulen Movement

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Since last July’s attempted coup d’etat the Turkish government’s attempts to bring to justice members of the Gulen Movement, identified as the perpetrators, and degrade their international network have had profound consequences for Turkey domestically and internationally. Last July’s attempted coup d’état deeply shook Turkey, representing a threat to the very fundamentals of its democracy […]

Briefing on decrees and dismissals

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The Turkish government continues to issue decrees under the state of emergency powers in an attempt to remove members of the Gulen Movement from the state bureaucracy. As part of its ongoing efforts to rid state bureaucracy of infiltration by the Gulen movement, the government has removed a further 3,974 public employees from their positions. […]

Briefing on Turkey’s strikes in Iraq and Syria

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Turkey’s strikes in Iraq and Syria show that it is still willing to engage unilaterally against its allies’ wishes and that talk of a second phase of the Euphrates Shield operation may soon lead to action, making a return to negotiations on its Kurdish conflict less likely. Turkey launched airstrikes on Sinjar in Iraq and […]

Briefing on Turkey’s referendum and the future of Turkish politics

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The results of the referendum reflect shifts in Turkey’s political landscape and raise new questions, meaning a respite from political uncertainty seems unlikely. Turkey’s opposition party has raised questions over the legitimacy of the result of Sunday’s vote, meaning the issue of the referendum may continue for some time. While the government appears to have […]

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