Semih Idiz

Iraqi President Fuad Masum (R) meets with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (L) at the presidential palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 7, 2017.  (photo by KHALID AL-MOUSILY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Will Turkey, Iraq open new chapter in ties?

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Iraq last week has signaled a willingness to improve relations between the two countries after a period of intense animosity.

Will improved ties with Russia make Turkey regional player?

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Not everyone close to the government thinks developing relations with Russia to counterbalance tense ties with the West is the right way to go.

Turkey demands US support for its operation in Syria

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Washington of not providing air support to Turkish forces in al-Bab and of supporting the Islamic State instead.

Animosity toward Iran reaches fever pitch in Turkey after Aleppo

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Agitation against predominantly Shiite Iran by Sunni Islamists has resulted in calls for attacks on Turkey’s Alevis for vengeance.

Is Turkey’s fight against Syrian Kurds enabling Assad?

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Ankara’s constantly evolving intentions in Syria have eased the minds of Russia and the Syrian regime as they continue to consolidate their position in Aleppo and beyond.

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Semih Idiz is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse. He is a journalist who has been covering diplomacy and foreign policy issues for major Turkish newspapers for 30 years. His opinion pieces can be followed in the English-language Hurriyet Daily News. His articles have also been published in The Financial Times, The Times of London, Mediterranean Quarterly and Foreign Policy magazine.

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