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.


A Strained Relationship: the Complexities of Turkish-Gulf Relations


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


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


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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