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Ali Bakir

Ali Bakir

Ali Bakir is a research assistant Professor at Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, a political risk analyst, and consultant.

Analysis: The resilience of Turkish-Saudi ties will depend on personal relations between Erdogan and MBS, as well as the shifting regional dynamics that prompted diplomatic normalisation in the first place.

02 May, 2022

Analysis: With President Herzog's visit to Ankara, Turkey and Israel have marked a turning point in relations between the two regional powers, but whether their shared interests will be enough to overcome years of strained ties remains to be seen.

14 March, 2022

Analysis: Saudi Arabia's foreign policy has been largely ambivalent towards diplomatic realignments in the region. But as US influence declines, which options will Riyadh pursue?

08 December, 2021

Analysis: While political differences still run deep, economic incentives could be key to turning a new page in relations between Ankara and Abu Dhabi.

16 September, 2021

Analysis: Turkey is trying to cement a role in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal, but military and diplomatic challenges could pose a problem.

26 July, 2021

Analysis: A rare diplomatic spat erupted between Ankara and Beijing after two Turkish politicians criticised China's treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority.

22 April, 2021

Analysis: The breakthrough in resolving the Gulf crisis will have geopolitical implications, creating both new opportunities and challenges.

07 January, 2021

Analysis: Biden's policies towards Riyadh, together with how the UAE responds, will play a major role in determining whether Turkish-Saudi reconciliation succeeds.

04 December, 2020

The recent Saudi media escalation against Turkey coincides with a growing list of internal problems for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

29 April, 2020

Turkey is running a dual policy based on negotiating with Russia's Putin to convince him to drop support for Haftar and the possibility of sending military troops to Libya.

25 December, 2019