Author Archives: Ali Tuygan

About Ali Tuygan

Ali Tuygan is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 1967. Between various positions he held in Ankara, he served at the Turkish Embassy in Brussels, NATO International Staff, Turkish Embassies in Washington and Baghdad and the Turkish Delegation to NATO. From 1986 to 1989 he was Principal Private Secretary to the President of the Republic. He then served as ambassador to Ottawa, Riyadh and Athens. In 1997 he was honored with a decoration by the Italian President. Between these assignments abroad he served twice as Deputy Undersecretary for Political Affairs. In 2004 he was appointed Undersecretary where he remained until the end of 2006 before going to his last foreign assignment as Ambassador to UNESCO. He retired in 2009. In April 2013 he published a book entitled “Gönüllü Diplomat, Dışişlerinde Kırk Yıl” (“Diplomat by Choice, Forty Years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”) in which he elaborated on the diplomatic profession and the main issues on the global agenda. He has published articles in Turkish periodicals and newspapers.

The Path to Middle East Supremacy

November 20, 2018 Arab spring and the Syrian conflict have led some observers to look at Middle East developments through the prism of regional “rivalry” or “competition”. Countries generally mentioned are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Israel is also prominently … Continue reading

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The Paris Get-together

November 14, 2018 What brought some sixty world leaders to France last week-end was the centenary of the end of the First World War. They were invited to take part not only in commemorative ceremonies but also to attend the … Continue reading

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Armistice Day and Ataturk

November 11, 2018 November 10, 2018 marked the 80th anniversary of Ataturk’s passing. Today marks the centenary of the Armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, ending the First World War. Eleven days before that, the Armistice … Continue reading

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Iran Sanctions

November 8, 2018 On November 2, 2018 Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin held an on-the-record briefing on Iran sanctions. The former said that these were part of the campaign aimed at depriving Tehran … Continue reading

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The Quadrilateral İstanbul Summit on Syria

October 29, 2018 At the end of September 2018, the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States came together in New York and issued a statement. After repeating … Continue reading

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“Time heals what reason cannot.” SENECA

October 26, 2018 The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states the following on bilateral political relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia: “Turkey has deep-rooted historical and cultural ties with Saudi Arabia and enjoys excellent relations in all fields … Continue reading

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The Khashoggi Tragedy: Waiting for “The End”

October 17, 2018 Two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, the Turkish-Saudi “working group” finally searched the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the scene of the alleged crime. On Monday, President Trump had a telephone conversation with King Salman and decided to … Continue reading

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