Serkan Birgel is a graduate from the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. His DPhil focused on natural resource conflicts, with particular emphasis on the relationship between the peace and natural gas development processes in Cyprus.
Is the state of secularism in Turkey entirely predicated upon the exclusion of worshippers from the Hagia Sophia?
Are we to replace the known dangers of an ethno-national conflict in Cyprus with a new Cypriot nationalism, one that promotes the old xenophobic trope of the ‘Terrible Turk’?
Russia and China have previously undermined international efforts to keep border gates open to Syria. In the backdrop of the pandemic, voting on the renewal of a UN mandate is fast-approaching, as well as tentative talks in Geneva.
With an overwhelming majority already reeling from poverty, the ongoing pandemic has exacerbated food shortages across Syria.
Turkish Cyprus debates whether the country's leader politicised aid from Greek Cyprus.
If the heinousness of yesterday's terror attack in Afrin won’t move PKK/YPG sympathisers, including some international observers, then what will?
Is the move a manifestation of Saudi Arabia’s new-found penchant for nationalism, which could incur a US backlash for undermining the US shale oil industry?
The US State Department clearly signalled last week that it was eyeing specific talent from the developing world, especially those with skills to mitigate the effects of Covid-19.
As Berlin prepares to resettle "an appropriate share" of Syrian children, it remains to be seen whether these young minds will be disassociated from their parents and cultures entirely as they are integrated in their host country.
The incredulous statements from Russia mirror how severely the situation in Syria has escalated, but perhaps the potential for escalation will finally stir action from Western states apathetic to the plight of Syrians in Idlib.
Syria is shattered, divided and the future seeds of discontent have already been sown. Idlib should not be allowed to go quietly into the night.
The kingdom has made attempts to exploit and complicate bilateral issues between Turkey and the Greek-Cypriot administered part of Cyprus for its own foreign policy gains.
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