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What is Russia's end game in Afrin? - Mensur Akgün | Al Jazeera

"They are getting great support from the US. Washington is using the group, particularly in the east of the Euphrates [river], as a balancing force against the other powers there. They are using the group in order to increase the US presence and activities in this region," he told Al Jazeera. "I think this has become obvious with the announcement of the new border force planned to be set up there. Moscow, in my opinion, showed green light to Turkey's operation to decrease the US influence in the region."

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'Türkiye'nin karşılığı sert olacaktır' - Mensur | Time Turk

'Türkiye, Trump'ın Kudüs kadarı karşısında sergilediği diplomatik başarısını Suriye'de yapılmak istenenler karşısında da gösterecektir.' 'ABD, 'İki örgüt birbirinden ayrı, PYD sadece Kürtlerden oluşmuyor' şeklinde cevaplarla Türkiyeyi ve dünyayı kandırmaya, oylamaya devam ediyor.'

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Moskova duymazdan geliyor - Mensur Akgün |

“İdlib ve drone’lu saldırı krizine rağmen temasların olması önemli. Demek ki mekanizma çalışıyor. İstihbarat servisleri ve dışişleri bakanlıkları üzerinden kurulan mekanizmanın amacı da buydu zaten. Rus üssüne saldırı iş birliğini baltalamak için de yapılmış olabilir. Bizim, İran’ın ya da Rusya’nın kontrolündeki bölgelerdeki insanlar tarafından da yapılabilir. Soğukkanlılıkla süreci takip etmek gerekiyor. Türkiye, Rusya ve İran’ın korudukları tarafların çıkarlarını maksimum düzeyde sağlamak için gereken her şeyin yapılabildiğini görüyorum.

ANALYSIS: Syria's Afrin back in Turkish sights as Idlib offensive tests alliances - Mensur Akgün | Middle East Eye

"Syria is very complicated. But the summoning of the Iranian ambassador and Russian representative to the foreign ministry and Russia’s letters to the Turkish chief of staff and head of intelligence are all good signs. It means the sides are communicating to resolve issues," said Akgun. "There should be no hasty decisions and conclusions regarding any Turkish isolation or the fate of Syria. There will be challenges and all parties must address them."

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GPoT Center ranked among best think tanks in the world

The 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report released on January 26, 2017 by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania ranked Istanbul Kultur University affiliated Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) 71st among all participating university affiliated think tanks around the world. 

The EuroMeSCo Annual Conference on ''Countering Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean Region'' Barcelona, June 2017

The EuroMeSCo Annual Conference on ''Countering Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean Region'' took place in Barcelona on 1-2 June 2017.

It gathered representatives from 106 institutes who are members of the EuroMeSCo network (the largest Euro-Mediterranean network of think tanks dealing with political and security issues), alongside a number of practitioners, diplomats and policy makers.