Alakbar Raufoglu
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Alakbar Raufoglu is a Washington DC based journalist covering Turkey and South Caucasus. Follow him on Twitter at @ralakbar. Need to reach Alex? Contact him at ralakbar at gmail dot com

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Turkey looks to prevent slide towards sectarianism in the Middle East

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 22:38 0 Comments

A little over a year after the Arab uprisings in the Middle East began, fears that Turkey's southern periphery could be descending into sectarian polarisation -- even conflict -- are mounting.

Syria and Iraq, two countries whose internal problems could have spill-over effects on the entire region, are of particular concern to Turkey.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has gone so far as to warn that increasing polarisation in sectarian-fragile Syria and rising Sunni-Shia…


Turkey vs. Iran: The Battle for Influence

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 0:30 0 Comments

Even before the Arab Spring, the Turkish government has been carefully positioning itself to emerge as a new regional hegemon, hoping to play an even more critical role in Iraq and the larger Middle East. The U.S. plans to withdraw all combat forces from Iraq by the years end while nations of the Arab Spring—Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya—face the challenge of nascent governments, post-revolution reforms, and violence including in Syria along Turkey’s own borders. A distinct power vacuum is…


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