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Ali Bakeer

Ali Bakeer is an Ankara based political analyst/researcher. He holds a PhD in political science and international relations. His interests include Middle East politics with a particular focus on Iran, GCC countries and Turkey.

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Gulf crisis: Will reconciliation reshape the region's power balance?

07 January, 2021

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

What is driving Saudi Arabia's apparent rapprochement with Turkey?

04 December, 2020

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

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

29 April, 2020

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

Turkey's military involvement in Libya

25 December, 2019

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.

Turkish-Libyan alliance in eastern Mediterranean: A game changer?

10 December, 2019

Legislators approved an agreement which would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the Mediterranean, brushing aside objections by Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Libya's rival and competing power base.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt positions on Turkey's 'Peace Spring'

18 October, 2019

Egypt and Saudi Arabia attempted to mobilise Arab states to denounce the Turkish military operation in northern Syria, but there was no consensus among them on the matter.

Turkey-Saudi state of frenemity: One year on Khashoggi's murder

02 October, 2019

To Turkish officials, the premeditated operation was not only meant to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but also to strangle Turkey diplomatically, economically and discredit its security.

Why Turkey will not buy the Russian fighter jets

05 September, 2019

Despite showing interest in Russia's Su-35 and Su-57, Ankara will not rush into buying any of those fighter jets, writes Ali Bakeer.

Did Israeli long-range drones bomb Iran-linked targets in Iraq?

02 August, 2019

Israel reportedly late last month launched strikes on Iranian targets deep inside Iraq, a move which could shift power dynamics and trigger new tensions in the fraught region.

How will Turkey and USA's missile saga end?

23 July, 2019

Analysis: Turkey and the United States have seen a rise in tensions over Ankara's choice in defence systems... but how will this end?

Tanker attacks steer the Gulf into murky waters

14 June, 2019

Comment: Allowing partisan convictions to jeopardise our understanding of the facts only risks leading to a dangerous escalation with Iran, writes Dr Ali Bakeer.

How backdoor negotiations could help avert an Iran-US war

21 May, 2019

Comment: Iraq, Qatar or Oman could all offer a forum for backdoor diplomacy to help de-escalate tensions between the US and Iran, writes Dr Ali Bakeer.

Ali Bakeer
Ali Bakeer

Ali Bakeer is an Ankara based political analyst/researcher. He holds a PhD in political science and international relations. His interests include Middle East politics with a particular focus on Iran, GCC countries and Turkey.

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