Navigating the Unknown Post-COVID Tourism Landscape

THO Nonresident Fellow, John Simpson

Turkey is one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world, receiving between roughly 45 and 50 million visitors a year from all over the world. The impact of COVID-19 on the global tourism industry has been significant, and the impact on Turkey and its economy has certainly been no exception. Tourism from the west — especially from the United States — has dropped dramatically, virtually to zero.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s 2015 report, “the travel and tourism sector, contributing $7.6 trillion to the…

By: THO Nonresident fellow Adinda Khaerani

In January, Turkey has started sending military troops to Libya to support the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). Since April 2019, the UN-recognized regime has been under attack by forces led by Khalifa Haftar, known as the Libyan warlord whose aim is to topple down the GNA.

The formal request of Turkish military support of “air, ground and sea” was made by the GNA in late 2019, Turkey’s parliament approved the security and military deal with Libya’s GNA a month before finally went on effect also in late 2019. …

By THO Non-Resident Fellow, Emre Köseoğlu

$100 billion trade volume target is among the remaining few topics that represent a promising aspect in Turkish-American relations. The potential immediate impact is believed to open ways to replace the current unpredictable atmosphere with a solid and productive economic alliance. Some estimates further point out that the success of such economic integration generates a positive spillover effect on the problematic areas in high politics. Internalized by governments explicitly, the process for building a common agenda to accomplish the trade volume goal has been exposed to domestically and geopolitically originated setbacks and lastly hit…

By THO Non-Resident Fellow, Emily Owen

The initial civil war in Syria has devolved into a complicated web of alliances both nationally, and internationally that has stymied progress on ceasefires and resolving military conflict, leaving Syrians citizens to pay the price.

Turkey’s Mercurial Humanitarian Response

Up until recent years, Turkey has attracted international attention for hosting the largest number of refugees of any country in the world. Since 2011 Turkey has extended temporary protection status to 3.6 million Syrians seeking asylum from war, enabling them to access important public services such as health care and education.

In tension with extending…

By THO Non-Resident Fellow, Emily Przyborowski

Turkey’s ongoing campaigns in Libya and Syria, involvement in Yemen, and aspirations in the Mediterranean indicate that Turkey has no intention of backing down from its expansionist foreign policy. But how will that foreign policy affect its bilateral relationship with the United States?

Although both the U.S. and Turkey support the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, the conflict in Libya has become a sticking point between the two. While Turkey maintains a military presence in Libya, the U.S. has long avoided conventional military action in support of the GNA and primarily confines…

By THO Non-Resident Fellow, Kieran Hatton

Perceiving a chance to advance national interests in asserting Turkey as a decisive Middle Eastern power and leader, the Turkish government is backing military forces in Libya’s civil war. However, Turkey’s power projection threatens to escalate regional tensions with Egypt.

The chaos sewn by the novel coronavirus pandemic may have provided impetus for the Turkish government to pursue national security interests in a number of Middle Eastern countries beyond Turkey’s borders. …

By THO Non-Resident Fellow, Heather Marie Vitale

For years, the United States has routinely outsourced manufacturing to China. However, officials and companies are bringing greater scrutiny to the U.S. supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with China’s aggressive moves to gain global hegemony. The Trump administration’s maneuvers to counter China have been largely focused on trade, imposing tariffs and banning Huawei electronics products. Yet as the global pandemic expands, so too have concerns about ongoing access to critical industries such as pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

China’s posture will likely continue on its aggressive arc, and therefore the United States…

By THO Non-Resident Fellow, Benjamin Lutz

The Trump administration has made it very clear that China is a priority in its foreign policy. From the trade war and the Indo-Pacific to COVID-19 and the Uighurs, the relationship between the United States and China has changed drastically. Of these changes, trade, COVID-19, and the Uighurs are the most important facets to the U.S.-Turkey relationship. As portions of manufacturing and trade potentially move away from China, Turkey has a significant opportunity to fill in that gap. …

By THO Non-Resident Fellow, Liam Hardy

This month Turk Telekom, the former public telecom utility of Turkey, took steps to trade in local currencies with China through a mechanism provided by a new swap agreement between the two countries (Anadolu Ajans, 2020). This demonstrates the most recent instance in an ongoing effort by Turkey to sidestep the US dollar for its international payments. Long-standing grievances with Washington, of which there are many, have caused Turkish leaders to seek out ways to decrease the US dollar’s dominance in international trade, at least in its own transactions.

Turk Telekom is a major…

By THO Non-Resident Fellow, Andrew O’Donohue

Despite intense government censorship of the media in Turkey, several online news outlets have had notable success in growing their audience and newsroom. Perhaps the poster child is the independent online newspaper T24, which has a Twitter following of 1.4 million people.

T24’s work is commendable, yet an in-depth examination of its content demonstrates a core weakness of Turkey’s independent media outlets: they produce a lot of commentary, but very little original reporting.

To gain a snapshot of T24’s content, I conducted a comprehensive analysis of all 232 posts that the news outlet shared…

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