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Cavusoglu says Greece 'not a player' in Libya

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Davutoglu said Tuesday that there is no reason for Greece to participate in the Berlin Process, the initiative to try to resolve the crisis in Libya.

The evolution of neo-Ottomanism

If you want to confront your enemy, you first need to understand how he thinks. This does not mean adapting to the enemy's way of thinking, of stepping into his shoes.

A game with many players

The escalation of a crisis in relations between Athens and Ankara typically leads to negotiation; this is understood by both sides, as protracting a clash creates the risk of a potential military confrontation which Greece certainly does not want and Turkey most likely would not desire either.

Russian airstrikes kill 12 civilians in Idlib

Russian warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, killing at least 12 civilians, a Syrian civil defense group said on Jan. 21.

The victims included nine members of a single-family, six of whom were children, in Kafr Taal in Aleppo province, according to White Helmets.

Turkish Cypriot leader calls for dialogue in eastern Mediterranean

Turkish Cypriot leader on Jan. 21 said diplomatic methods should be used extensively in a bid to counter growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mustafa Akıncı's remarks came at the International Science Diplomacy Forum held in the capital Lefkoşa where he commented on the discovery of natural gas in the region and diplomatic ties with neighbors.

Ankara agenda dominated with FETÖ’s political establishment dispute

Turkey's domestic agenda has recently been occupied with a debate on investigating the political establishment of FETÖ, the group behind the defeated coup attempt of 2016 that has also been accused of infiltrating state institutions.

Trump aide urges restraint in East Med

Robert O'Brien is the White House national security adviser and one of US President Donald Trump's closest aides. He and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are considered the two officials that shape the foreign policy of the Trump administration.

Main opposition CHP welcomes summit on Libya

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Jan. 20 welcomed the recently held Berlin summit on Libya, saying the number of countries Turkey cooperates with on regional issues should increase.

Police arrests 3 for alleged drone shipment to Syria

Turkish police on Jan. 21 arrested three suspects for allegedly sending a shipment of four unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to terrorist groups in Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Jan. 21.

Erdogan escalates fiery rhetoric

Escalating the incendiary rhetoric directed at Athens, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed again, after his return on Sunday from the Berlin conference on Libya, that the southern island of Crete does not have a continental shelf while also slamming Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for receiving Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Athens last week.

UN warns of 'growing skepticism' over Cyprus deal

The United Nations envoy to Cyprus warned on Jan. 20 of "growing skepticism" among the island's population that recent diplomatic efforts between the rival communities will herald a comprehensive peace deal.

Greece maintains strong interest in Libya after Berlin conference

By George Gilson

If the geopolitical volatility in the Balkans before WWI led to its description as the powder keg or tinder box of Europe, today the same many be said of the Southeastern Mediterranean but on a more expansive geographic scale, drawing in the US.