International Relations

Israel, Turkey reach agreement to normalize ties – Israeli official

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu © Reuters

Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalize ties, a senior Israeli official told reporters, according to Reuters. This will end bitter rift over the Israeli Navy’s killing of nine Turkish citizens during a Gaza flotilla raid in 2010.

The end of Turkey’s ‘precious loneliness’?

MURAT YETKİN, hurriyetdailynews
The idea of “precious loneliness” was introduced to international relations literature by İbrahim Kalın, in order to describe the much criticized state of Turkey’s Middle East policy almost three years ago in August 2013.

USA vs. Pakistan vs. Iran: The Three-Way Battle for Afghanistan

By Alex Vatanka
They could tear it apart—or work together.
On June 6, Khorasan Province of Islamic State claimed credit for the killing of Sher Wali Wardak, an Afghan parliamentarian. If confirmed, the killing will represent a new chapter in ISIS’s capacity to operate in Afghanistan. The attack happened as professors from Ghazni University in the eastern part of the country are warning of ISIS infiltration of the university, another sign that the group seeks to expand its base of support in the country.

Changes in the core of the Turkish Foreign Ministry


By Manolis Kostidis


Is Erdogan preparing a steep turn in foreign policy?

By decision of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the whole core that was forming the foreign policy of Turkey in recent years has been changed. However, it is believed that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a say in these changes.

Russia Could Replace US as Israel’s Primary Ally in Middle East

 Russian President Vladimir Putin during talks with Israeli Prime Miniter Benjamin Netanyahu in Kremlin.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is strengthening ties with Russia, while Washington's influence in the Middle East is waning.

Uzbekistan and South Korea: towards a special relationship

Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Mirzokhid Rakhimov and Sung Dong Ki
South Korea’s Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn visited Uzbekistan on May 19-20, 2016. The visit was the fifteenth official high-level meeting between the two countries. Over the last year, several new actors have increased their engagement with Central Asia, aside from South Korea also including Japan and India.

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