About Mehmet Emin Cengiz

Mehmet Emin Cengiz is a Research Fellow at the Istanbul-based international think tank Al Sharq Strategic Research, focusing on Syria, Turkey, and the wider Middle East. After receiving his B.A. from the Sociology Department at Ege University in 2016, Cengiz completed his master’s degree at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Middle East at Marmara University in 2020. During his B.A., he also participated in the Erasmus+ Program and studied at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf as an international exchange student in Germany. Cengiz’s pieces regarding Turkish foreign policy, the Syrian war, and non-state armed actors have appeared in national and international media outlets and think tanks. His research interests are the Syrian conflict, non-state armed actors, Turkish foreign policy, volunteer foreign fighters, and regional Kurdish politics.
26 Apr, 2024

President Erdoğan’s Iraq Visit: A Turning Point in the Baghdad-Ankara Relationship?

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 26 April 2024

On April 22, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a landmark visit to Baghdad after 13 years with a sizable delegation of high-ranking Turkish officials accompanying him.  The last meeting of the President to [...]

President Erdoğan’s Iraq Visit: A Turning Point in the Baghdad-Ankara Relationship?2024-04-26T15:26:04+03:00
26 Mar, 2024

US Withdrawal from Iraq and Syria: Reality or Mirage?

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 26 March 2024 | TR | AR

Amidst the dire Gaza crisis, which has taken center stage in Middle Eastern politics, and in the wake of dozens of Iran-backed militia attacks on US bases located in Syria and Iraq, the rumors of a US pullout from the mentioned two countries are floating once again. However, the issue is far from being clear thus far

US Withdrawal from Iraq and Syria: Reality or Mirage?2024-03-26T16:04:51+03:00
6 Dec, 2023

The US&Israel Alliance Attacks in Syria and Iraq and the Emerging Global Order

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 06 December 2023 | TR | AR

Since the eruption of the Gaza war, the question of whether the crisis would take a regional shape has made headlines in international media outlets. The aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines sent to the [...]

The US&Israel Alliance Attacks in Syria and Iraq and the Emerging Global Order2023-12-06T18:58:01+03:00
8 Feb, 2023

Turkey-Syrian Regime Talks: Is Normalization a Real Possibility?

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 08 February 2023

Almost 12 years following the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, Turkey, the most important supporter of the Syrian opposition, has been making overtures to normalize relations (or at least start a political opening) with [...]

Turkey-Syrian Regime Talks: Is Normalization a Real Possibility?2023-02-17T16:53:21+03:00
20 Sep, 2022

The Future of the Iranian-Turkish Relationship: A Contained Geopolitical Rivalry or A Possible Escalation Between Ankara and Tehran?

Mehmet Emin Cengiz | 20 September 2022 | TR

The Turkish-Iranian geopolitical rivalry has been growing increasingly tense as of late. Although the two countries have different political directions, priorities and conflicting interests

The Future of the Iranian-Turkish Relationship: A Contained Geopolitical Rivalry or A Possible Escalation Between Ankara and Tehran?2022-09-30T10:33:07+03:00
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