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Senior associate fellow, Ozcan received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University in 2000 and his M.A. in 2002 from the same institution. He completed his PhD at Boğaziçi University in 2007. He studied at St. Antony’s College, and Oxford University with the Jean Monnet Master Scholarship for one year in 2005-2006. For a short period of time in 2009 Özcan was a visiting scholar at Kuwait University’s Department of Political Science. He continues to teach at Istanbul Sehir University on a part-time basis. Dr. Özcan served at the Center for Strategic Research (SAM) as the Deputy Chairman between 2011 - 2013 and as the Acting Chairman between 2013 and May 2014. He is currently the Director of Diplomacy Academy at MFA. Özcan is the author of three books including: Harmonizing Foreign Policy: Turkey, the EU and the Middle East. He also works on the editorial boards of Insight Turkey, Divan, and Perceptions journals. Research Interests: Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle Eastern Politics and Iraq.
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Iran wants Hasd al Shabi to be effective in every part of Iraq as it continues increasing its military grip on Iraq through these military groups.
The fall of Mosul to ISIL in June 2014 shocked Iraq and the world. After the fall of this city, ISIL continued its advance for some months.
With the increasing involvement of Russia in the Syrian conflict, relations between Turkey and Russia have also soured, and a bitter taste has been left with the recent downing of a jet. As Assad's regime has weakened, Russia has begun directly intervening in Syria and Turkey has begun interpreting the relationship between Russia and Syria as a return of the Cold War years. Russia’s involvement in regional conflicts in general and in Syria in particular led people to establish similarities with the 1950s, as it benefits from the chaos in the region and aims to fill the gap left by the disengagement of the US.. In those years, as a new member of the NATO alliance, Turkey was very concerned by the ideological and military connections between the Soviet Union and Syria. With the longevity of the conflict in Syria and increasing involvement of Russia, there is the danger of a similar scenario—possibly in a different form—emerging in Turkish-Syrian relations.
After more than a decade since the United States-led invasion, Iraq still struggles to be a functioning state. Political, economic and social problems have beset the country. Failures in the functioning of the state have led to widespread protests in several cities over the last couple of weeks. In order to answer the demands of the protestors and overcome challenges within the state apparatus, Prime Minister Abadi introduced sweeping reforms in administrative, economic and financial issues along with efforts to combat corruption. The success of these reforms remains to be seen. However, if successful, they will empower Abadi against his political opponents as well.