Author: Dr. Ali Bakir

Dr. Ali Bakir

Dr. Ali Bakir is a Research Assistant Professor at Ibn Khaldon Center. He is also a senior consultant who focuses on MENA geopolitics and security, foreign and defense policies of Turkey and the Gulf States, great power politics in the ME, and small states’ behavior.

KSA

Biden’s Visit to Saudi Arabia: Interests Prevail Over Campaign Promis...

U.S. – Gulf Policy

On June 14, the White House announced that President Joe Biden would visit Israel, the...

GCC

A Strained Relationship: the Complexities of Turkish-Gulf Relations

Geopolitics

On October 7, 2020, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a one-day working visit to...

Iraq

Turkey’s Relations with Iran and Iraq: It’s Complicated!

Geopolitics

Succinctly stated, Turkey’s relations with Iraq and Iran, (the largest of its numerous neighboring countries)...

Turkey’s Involvement in Gulf Security

Defense & Security

In a volatile global environment, small states tend to rely more on hedging as a...

Making Sense of Qatar’s Military Buildup...

Defense & Security

In terms of geography and demography, Qatar is considered a small state, especially in comparison...

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