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 Biden Victory and Turkey

November 9, 2020 Mr. Joe Biden is now the President-elect of the United States. Critics are united in underlining the enormity of the challenges he faces. Below are excerpts from Mr. Biden’s article titled “Why America Must Lead Again”, published … Continue reading

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The Disease of Polarization

November 3, 2020 Four years ago, in a post titled “Middle East in the Grip of Polarization” I said: “The Middle East, in the grip of polarization, is going through a most violent period… Throughout the region the mentality continues … Continue reading

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Tensions Between France and Turkey

October 29, 2020 On 7 January 2015, two brothers, French citizens born in Paris to Algerian immigrants, forced their way into the offices Charlie Hebdo where they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula claimed … Continue reading

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The Trump Legacy: A View from the Middle East

October 26, 2020 This is how I started off a post four years ago. The title was “The Obama Legacy: A View from the Middle East”[i]. “It was a few months before the 2008 US Presidential election. I was talking … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Relations with Russia

October 19, 2020 In the beginning of the Syrian conflict Russia and Turkey were on diametrically opposite sides. Almost a decade later, despite some cooperation, they are just putting up with one another.

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The Uncertain Future of Turkish-American Relations

October 9, 2020 As the US braces for November 3 presidential election, countries remain divided in their expectations. Europe having enjoyed excellent relations with the Obama White House no doubt wishes to see Mr. Biden there. Because, although this would … Continue reading

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Turkish Foreign Policy (2)

October 6, 2020 The fundamental reality of foreign relations is that a country’s international standing is largely a reflection of its internal strength. And this invariably depends on respect for the rule of law, strong institutions, and national consensus on … Continue reading

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Turkish Foreign Policy

September 28, 2020 At present, tension characterizes Turkey’s relationship with the EU. Ankara’s relationship with Washington is a rollercoaster. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put Turkey in the same category with North Korea, Russia, and Saudi Arabia as Ankara is holding … Continue reading

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US Diplomacy in a Higher Gear

September 22, 2020 With the November 3 presidential election approaching, the Trump administration’s Middle East policy has shifted into a higher gear. It began on January 28 with the unveiling, by President Trump and PM Netanyahu, of the “deal of … Continue reading

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Lessons From the Recent Past

September 15, 2020 Last week, fires destroyed Greece’s largest migrant camp on the island of Lesbos, leaving more than 12,000 people without shelter. It was a tragedy, a stark reminder of West’s misguided interventions in Libya and Syria, and Europe’s … Continue reading

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