Semih Idiz

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Development Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, May 30, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

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Turkey reverses course as mediation efforts flop in Gulf

Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Turkey’s immediate support of Qatar has exposed its lack of leverage with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states and left it scrambling for a way out of an intractable situation.

Erdogan tries to juggle Iran, Saudi Arabia amid Qatar crisis

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Retired diplomats say Erdogan’s Qatar policy is driven more by his survival instinct than a rational foreign policy and that Ankara has squandered an opportunity to play a positive role in this crisis.

Turkey can't afford to take sides in Qatar crisis

Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

A rattled Ankara is trying to keep to the middle ground in the crisis around its ally Qatar, but its soft calls for dialogue are unlikely to have much impact.

Turkish-German showdown over Incirlik Air Base

Wednesday, May. 31, 2017 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Ankara’s refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit their troops at Incirlik is forcing Berlin to look elsewhere in the region to redeploy its forces, which could result in the loss of prestige for Turkey.

Turkey-EU set to seek new path forward in ties

Wednesday, May. 24, 2017 | Semih Idiz, Columnist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet European leaders this week to determine how the strained relationship between Ankara and Brussels will proceed henceforth.

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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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