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Macedonian Census: Ankara’s Plans To Boost Representation Of Ethnic Turks Fails

Ankara-backed campaign has fallen short of its aim to boost the recorded percentage of North Macedonia’s ethnic Turks to 6 percent.

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Chancellor Scholz’s Visit To Turkey Won’t Prompt A Breakthrough

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine incentivizes Berlin and Ankara to recalibrate their bilateral relations, but Scholz’s visit to Turkey isn’t the harbinger of a breakthrough.

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Turkey’s Policies Towards Bosnia Wander Between Myth and Reality

A recently published academic article explains the nature of contemporary Bosnian-Turkish relations as a collision of myth and reality.

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What To Expect From Herzog’s Visit To Turkey?

Considering current regional dynamics and the high-level nature of the interaction, Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s visit to Turkey has greater potential to “normalize” Turkey-Israel relations than previous attempts, which ultimately ended in new crises.

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The Direction of Turkish Foreign Policy After Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

While Ankara’s relations with the West have soured in recent years, its relations with Moscow have come to a more stable footing. Nonetheless, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may cause Turkey to reassess its adversarial approach to old Western partners.

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Are Turkey-Balkan Relations Being De-Europeanized?

Europeanization had once been the starting point of Turkey’s relations with the Balkans, but over the last decade both have drifted away from the EU orbit. Ahmet Erdi Ozturk and Basak Alpan explain how and why on FeniksPod’s Balkan and EU Series.

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Middle East Countries Find It Hard To Foster Long-Term Plans with Turkey

After years of crisis, President Erdogan has decided to repair Turkey’s relations with Israel and Egypt, but it won’t be easy. Louis Fishman, an expert on Turkey and the Middle East, explains why on FeniksPod’s Middle East Series.

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Unrest in Kazakhstan Leaves Questions Unanswered

After Kazakhstan’s most serious unrest since it gained independence, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is positioned to chart a new course that separates him from Nursultan Nazarbayev’s legacy. However, lingering questions about causes of the violence and the possibility of intra-elite conflict remain unanswered.

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Can Babacan’s Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) Remedy Turkey’s Woes?

Turkey’s former economy minister Ali Babacan split from Erdogan’s party ranks as the result of several disagreements over democracy and management of the economy. In short order, he established his own party built on a promising agenda; but can Babacan remedy Turkey’s woes? While the answer is unclear, it is certain that Babacan will remain an important political actor.

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What Turkey Has To Fear If Russia Invades Ukraine

A Russian invasion of Ukraine would pose significant risks to Turkey. Moscow’s potential exertion of economic, military, and political pressure on Ankara may also weaken a NATO response to the crisis, especially from the Black Sea.