İsmail Numan Telci

İsmail Numan Telci

Ismail Numan Telci is the Deputy Director of the Middle East Institute (ORMER) and an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations at Sakarya University. He is the author of the ‘Dictionary of the Egyptian Revolution’ and is the editor of www.misirbulteni.com – a news webpage focusing on the developments in Egypt.
Pope s Visit to the UAE Won't Help Human Rights

Pope’s Visit to the UAE Won't Help Human Rights in the Region

February 8, 2019
The United Arab Emirates wanted to use the Pope’s visit to improve its global image, which has recently been damaged due to many reasons. In order to contribute to its global image, UAE officials and media tools emphasized how tolerant the UAE is and how it works for peace and understanding among different beliefs.
Qatar s Football Victory Solidified its Moral Dominance Against Gulf

Qatar’s Football Victory Solidified its Moral Dominance Against Gulf Rivals

January 31, 2019
While Qatar’s football triumph means a huge disappointment for the UAE and Saudi Arabia on the pitch, it further reinforced Doha’s moral advantage against these countries in the political realm.
Why Arab Countries are Changing their Strategies Towards Syria

Why Arab Countries are Changing their Strategies Towards Syria

January 25, 2019
Many countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia perceive the post-war reconstruction of Syria as an opportunity to break the influence of regional powers such as Turkey and Iran. Therefore, by re-approaching the Assad regime, these countries aim to receive their share in post-war reconstruction contracts that would be paid by regional and international donors.
Egypt s Energy Activism as a Threat to Security in

Egypt’s Energy Activism as a Threat to Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

January 18, 2019
Egypt and its allies preferred to exclude the most important countries in the Eastern Mediterranean from the equation. Excluding Turkey, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will make the forum irrelevant with regards to future projections on the Eastern Mediterranean.
Pompeo s Long Tour How Incoherence Creates Challenges for the

Pompeo’s Long Tour: How Incoherence Creates Challenges for the US in the Middle East

January 13, 2019
An interesting aspect of Pompeo's recent visit to the Middle East is that he prefers to hold separate meetings with each government rather than a summit that would gather some of these countries, if not all.
How Sisi s Plans for a PR Campaign Turned into

How Sisi’s Plans for a PR Campaign Turned into an International Scandal

January 7, 2019
Egyptian media outlet Mada Masr argued that due to the fear of domestic reactions, the Egyptian government ordered media channels in the country not to cover any news related to the 60 Minutes interview on any TV channel, newspaper, or website.
How will the Legacy of 2018 shape Politics in the

How will the Legacy of 2018 shape Politics in the Middle East in 2019?

December 31, 2018
The legacy of 2018 will be clearly visible during the following year. There would be serious consequences as a result of the political developments of 2018, such as the murder of Khashoggi, the Yemen war, Israel-Palestine conflict, sanctions on Iran, the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, and the changes in the U.S.-Turkey relations.
How will Oman Respond to the U S Sanctions on

How will Oman Respond to the U.S. Sanctions on Iran?

December 24, 2018
With its years of experience in neutral policies, one would consider that Oman would find a way to respond to this crisis with minimum damage to its existing priorities.
US Sanctions on Iran and their Impact on the United

US Sanctions on Iran and their Impact on the United Arab Emirates

November 23, 2018
The U.S. decision not to include the UAE among the countries the Trump administration issued a waiver to is an indication of the fact that trade relations between Abu Dhabi and Tehran will deteriorate.
Yemen s Deepening Crisis and the Role of the International

Yemen’s Deepening Crisis and the Role of the International Community

November 16, 2018
The international community must put pressure on particularly Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as their local proxies to come to the table in order to find a peaceful solution to the years-long crisis in Yemen. Otherwise, civilians will continue to pay the price of a regional power struggle between rival ideologies.