Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak
Expert on modern TurkeyEmail: email@example.com
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak is an expert on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy, Turkish-Israeli relations, and the Kurds. He is co-editor of Turkeyscope, a publication of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Expert on modern Turkey
Turkey’s growing influence in Sub-Saharan Africa
For the last decade and a half, Ankara has shown an ever-increasing interest in Africa. The foundation of its foreign policy is focused on deepening penetration in the continent through its embassies, soft power agents, military forces, and defense industry.
The Abraham Accords, Israel, and Turkish-Indian Normalization
For Erdogan, who pushes a Neo-Ottomanist blended Pan-Islamist foreign policy, making such a turnaround in India-Pakistan policy will not be easy. However, given the Erdogan administration's flexibility and pragmatism, this is not a mission impossible.
October 7 and the Collapse of Israeli-Turkish Normalization
The loss of Israel’s strong-state image in Ankara, together with Erdogan’s short-term need to deflect the opposition’s appropriation of the Palestinian cause have led the Turkish president to abandon his balanced realpolitik approach. For ties to return to normal, Israel will need to restore the perception of it as a strong nation and Turkey should distance itself from Hamas.
Out of the Rubble? Turkey’s Post-Quake Diplomacy and Regional Opening
Two powerful earthquakes that struck Turkey’s southeast on February 6, 2023, have taken an enormous toll on lives and livelihoods, putting aside the economic and social damage of epic proportions inflicted on the country. Apart from the ensuing chaotic political atmosphere ahead of the general election in May, the tragedy also has implications for foreign policy.
“The Montreux Petition” and Creeping Islamization of the Turkish Military
A storm over a petition by retired naval officers once again has revealed longstanding tensions between the civilian Turkish government and the Turkish military, and Erdogan’s plans for advancing pro-regime Islamists in the military.
Is Yemen Turkey’s Next Stop after Libya?
Ankara's military interventions in Iraq, Syria and Libya as well as its growing presence in the eastern Mediterranean constitutes a radical change in Turkish foreign policy. Its recent success in Libya demonstrates Ankara’s regional heft. Turkey’s next intervention is probably in Yemen.
Turkey’s empty charm offensive
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: Unless it is backed with tangible steps—like putting an end to Ankara’s support to Hamas—the realization of a genuine normalization will not be achieved.
Progress on mutual interests in spotlight as Israel FM visits UAE
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: Israel needs to consolidate the Abraham Accords camp to pressure and leverage the US government over the terms of a possible agreement with Iran.
Why Israel won’t follow Biden’s lead and recognize Armenian genocide
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: Israel should keep itself distant from this debate. Recognition will not contribute to Israel’s national interest. On the contrary, it will create problems with Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Why has Israel not yet recognized the Armenian Genocide?
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: Recognizing the Armenian Genocide may be something very moral, but it will not contribute to Israel’s national interests.
Turkey and Israel Inch Closer Toward Reconciliation
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: There won’t be any major steps forward until the “crystallization” of the results of next month’s Israeli elections.
Israel still cool to gestures from Turkey
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: The Abraham Accords changed the geopolitical set-up in the region, and Israel is no longer the Middle East isolated state it used to be. Turkey must come to terms with this new situation.
In first, Saudi paper prints op-ed by Israelis - on Erdogan's private militias
Fellows at Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security pen analysis of Turkish leader's proxy armies, based on joint research with a UAE think tank.
Les milices privées reniables d’Erdoğan déstabilisent le Moyen-Orient
Leur rôle est de faire avancer son grand plan de rétablissement de pouvoir sur d’anciens territoires de l’empire ottoman, allant des territoires palestiniens, à la Syrie en passant par le Caucase et aussi loin que le Cachemire, selon certains rapports.
Getting inside Erdogan's head
Dr. Hay Eitan Cohen Yanarocak: The Turks are afraid of harsher American sanctions and they want help from the Israeli and Jewish lobbies, which they see as having a lot of sway in Washington. Their assumption is that renormalization with Israel will be a trust-building step for Washington, a kind of proof of good behavior.
Arabs states draw closer to Israel to counter non-Arab powers Turkey and Iran
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: Almost in every theater, Turkey, Qatar and Hamas are challenging the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Erdogan: 'Jerusalem is our city, a city from us'
Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak: When Erdoğan lashes out, whether it be against Armenia, via military assistance to Azerbaijan, against Greece or by verbal attacks on Israel, we know that he is talking to his electoral base.