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The Trajectory of Turkish-Western Relations after S-400s - Mensur Akgün | Al Sharq Forum

It is well known that Turkey has long sought to purchase long-range anti-ballistic missiles and American Patriot missiles had been on its shopping list since the early 1990s. However, Turkey could not reach an agreement with the United States and as far as I am concerned, technology transfer was the main hurdle in reaching a deal. Turkey showed interest in alternative Chinese manufactured systems, but mostly due to stiff opposition from the United States and some other NATO allies, Ankara decided to postpone the procurement.

'Türkiye-ABD ilişkilerinde yumuşama dönemine girebiliriz' | AA Haber

İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi Küresel Siyasal Eğilimler Birimi (GPoT) ve Marmara Üniversitesi Uluslararası İlişkiler Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi (MURCIR) iş birliğinde düzenlenen "Türkiye'de Bölge Çalışmaları Çalıştayı", İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi Ataköy Yerleşkesinde gerçekleşti. Bu çerçevede, "Bölge Çalışmaları ve Kuramsal Perspektifler", "Küresel Güçler ve Bölge Çalışmaları" ile "Bölge Çalışmaları ve Türkiye" konulu paneller düzenlendi. 

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Turkey-US deal: End to Turkish ambitions for an offensive into Syria? - Yasin Küçükkaya | Arab News

Yasin Kucukkaya, a Syria expert from the Global Political Trends Center think tank in Istanbul, said Turkey preferred an “unarmed diplomacy” with the US for a certain time in northern Syria.

“I think all relevant parties, including the Syrian Democratic Forces which include the YPG, were satisfied by the outcome of the negotiations between American and Turkish delegations, because any unilateral move of Turkey would bring damage on the ground,” he told Arab News.

Tensions Overshadow U.S. - Turkey Talks on Syria Safe Zone - Mensur Akgün | The Jerusalem Post

Mensur Akgun, a professor of international relations at Istanbul Kultur University and director of the Global Political Trends Center think tank, called it legitimate for Turkey to express fears over the YPG near its border.

“For any country… this would be a serious security concern,” he told The Media Line.

Akgun believes that Ankara is willing to go into Syria on its own if it cannot come to an agreement with the US, but that it prefers to avoid that option.

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Tensions Overshadow US-Turkey - Mensur Akgün | The Media Line

Mensur Akgun, a professor of international relations at Istanbul Kultur University and director of the Global Political Trends Center think tank, called it legitimate for Turkey to express fears over the YPG near its border.

“For any country… this would be a serious security concern,” he told The Media Line.

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