Mehmet Emin Cengiz

About Mehmet Emin Cengiz

Mehmet Emin Cengiz is a Research Fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research. He received his B.A. in the Sociology Department from Ege University in 2016. During his B.A. he attended the Erasmus+ Program and studied at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf as an international exchange student in Germany. Cengiz received his master’s degree from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Middle East at Marmara University in 2020. His pieces regarding the Syrian war and non-state armed actors have appeared in national and international media outlets and think tanks. His research interests are: Syrian Conflict, Non-State Armed Actors, Turkish Foreign Policy, Volunteer Foreign Fighters, Regional Kurdish Politics, and Political Islam.
27 Aug, 2021

Heated Conflict or Consolidation of the Status Quo in Northeast Syria: What is next for the AANES?

Bedir Mulla Rashid Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 27 August 2021 | TR

Following the presidential elections held in Syria in May 2021, the PYD-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has witnessed protests in the territories under its control. The deteriorating economic living standards coupled with the Syrian Democratic Forces’ forced military conscription led people to organize protests
Heated Conflict or Consolidation of the Status Quo in Northeast Syria: What is next for the AANES?2021-09-10T15:43:27+03:00
19 Apr, 2021

Decoding the Intra-Kurdish Dialogue in Syria

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 19 April 2021

The intra-Kurdish unity talks between the PYD and the KNC seem to be at an impasse. The unity negotiations, which are undoubtedly the product of times of crisis in Kurdish politics in Syria, started in April 2020, and two rounds of negotiations have already passed. Nevertheless, face-to-face negotiations between the sides stalled months ago, and the third round of talks could not be initiated despite various attempts and US mediation. Moreover, many obstacles lie ahead of the success of the unity talks.
Decoding the Intra-Kurdish Dialogue in Syria2021-04-23T14:59:42+03:00
28 Oct, 2020

The Transformation Struggle of the PYD: Localization Tendency as a Method of Gaining Legitimacy?

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 28 October 2020 | TR

The Democratic Union Party (PYD) has emerged as one of the biggest beneficiaries in the Syrian war, triggered by the Arab Spring. Since its inception in 2003 until 2011, the party had not found the chance of being a significant actor in the Syrian political theatre. However, the Syrian war eruption and the rise of ISIS opened a new chapter for the PYD and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The Transformation Struggle of the PYD: Localization Tendency as a Method of Gaining Legitimacy?2020-11-19T12:24:16+03:00
1 Sep, 2020

The Eastern Mediterranean: A Severe Conflict Scene for Geopolitical Rivalry

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 01 September 2020 | TR | AR

The emerging security and energy equation in the Eastern Mediterranean has been increasingly becoming a decisive dynamic for the MENA region. The growing disputes and competition over maritime zone boundaries due to the lucrative [...]

The Eastern Mediterranean: A Severe Conflict Scene for Geopolitical Rivalry2020-11-06T16:26:38+03:00
20 Jun, 2020

Thorny Challenges for the PYD-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria

Mehmet Emin Cengiz Bedir Mulla Rashid | 20 June 2020 | TR | AR

The PYD-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has been facing various thorny challenges in different realms ever since the launch of Operation Peace Spring.
Thorny Challenges for the PYD-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria2020-08-09T13:41:44+03:00
1 Jun, 2020

The Three Pillars of Turkey’s Syria Policy in the Face of Covid-19

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 01 June 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic may change many things in international affairs, but thus far, it has failed to alter the conflict dynamics in Syria. Even more, as the Astana trio’s recent initiatives have illustrated, the main players [...]

The Three Pillars of Turkey’s Syria Policy in the Face of Covid-192020-08-11T12:52:44+03:00
5 Apr, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic And Its Possible Repercussions On MENA Regional Politics

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 05 April 2020 | TR | AR

The emergence and rapid spread of the coronavirus on a global scale will have long-lasting effects on both global political and economic dynamics in the coming months
The COVID-19 Pandemic And Its Possible Repercussions On MENA Regional Politics2020-12-31T13:02:11+03:00
16 Jan, 2020

The Assassination of Qasem Soleimani and its Implications for Regional Politics

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 16 January 2020 | TR | AR

The pace of recent events in Iran and Iraq has been perplexing to both regional and international political actors. Both countries have been suffering waves of protests for months.
The Assassination of Qasem Soleimani and its Implications for Regional Politics2020-08-31T16:33:16+03:00
2 Sep, 2019

The Trajectory of Turkish-Western Relations after S-400s

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 02 September 2019

Turkey’s recent decision to purchase Russian-made S-400 long-range air defense missile systems has reignited heated debates concerning the country’s role and reliability in NATO and Western alliances. The United States and other NATO countries have [...]

The Trajectory of Turkish-Western Relations after S-400s2019-09-02T17:03:48+03:00
26 Aug, 2019

Turkish-US Deal on the Safe Zone: A Multi-Sided Opportunity in Syria

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 26 August 2019 | TR

After months of deadlock, Turkey and the US have finally reached an agreement on the establishment of a safe zone in Northern Syria, an issue which has been on the agenda of the Turkish [...]

Turkish-US Deal on the Safe Zone: A Multi-Sided Opportunity in Syria2020-08-09T14:38:13+03:00
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