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 – a news webpage focusing on the developments in Egypt.
Global Arms Sales and the Middle East

Global Arms Sales and the Middle East

July 12, 2018
Arms imports of Middle Eastern countries have increased more than twice during the last decade. The main reason for this increase is the fact that most of the actors in the region directly or indirectly are involved in conflicts.
Too Weak to Survive Too Big to Fail The Unknown

Too Weak to Survive, Too Big to Fail: The Unknown Future of the Sisi Regime in Egypt

July 5, 2018
It is obvious that the current Egyptian regime cannot follow an independent foreign policy. It is simply because the Sisi regime is directly or indirectly controlled by the actors that supported the military coup in 2013.
Turkey s Election and Erdogan s Middle East Policy

Turkey’s Election and Erdogan’s Middle East Policy

June 29, 2018
Turkey is likely to become a more influential actor in the politics of the Middle East. It is therefore vital that Western actors, as well as countries in the region, take into account Ankara's concerns for the region.
Canal of Shame Gulf Crisis and Saudi Arabia s Salwa

Canal of Shame: Gulf Crisis and Saudi Arabia’s Salwa Canal Project

June 21, 2018
The canal project is an expression of the hostility from Saudi Arabia against Qatar. This is also observed from the comments from the Saudi officials. Saud Al-Qahtani, an advisor of Saudi Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Selman, congratulated the Saudi people for the "canal project, which will turn the “terrorist Qatari state” into an island."
The Gulf Crisis and the Changing Nature of Political Alliances

The Gulf Crisis and the Changing Nature of Political Alliances in the Middle East

June 14, 2018
The Gulf crisis served as an important lesson for the Middle Eastern regimes. Most countries realized that diversifying their alliances and establishing good relations with reliable partners is crucial.
Protests in Jordan and Future Challenges for King Abdullah

Protests in Jordan and Future Challenges for King Abdullah

June 7, 2018
It can be predicted that Jordan will have to face more serious challenges in the coming period. Its economic problems will continue to exist as the country needs external support, the new political setting in the region will put more pressure on King Abdullah’s regime. As the region will focus more on the Palestinian issue, it will also bring Jordan on the spotlight in regional politics.
Egypt s Sisi Turned it s Iron-Fist Towards Secular Opposition

Egypt’s Sisi Turned it’s Iron-Fist Towards Secular Opposition

May 31, 2018
Unlike previous initiatives that were mainly focused on Islamic movements, the Sisi regime will be targeting secular and socialist opposition, hoping to permanently eliminate all kinds of opposition towards the regime.
Egypt s Operation in the Sinai and Human Rights

Egypt’s Operation in the Sinai and Human Rights

May 25, 2018
Egypt’s operations in the Sinai take place through direct consultation with Israel. As relations between the two countries grow to a strategic alliance, Cairo and Tel-Aviv may join their efforts to restructure the Northern Sinai.
How Sanctions Prevented Iran from Becoming a Regional Power

How Sanctions Prevented Iran from Becoming a Regional Power

May 20, 2018
With its great potential in natural resources such as oil and gas, Iran would have been a regional power if the country had not faced international sanctions for many years. Therefore, it can be argued that the main reason for the U.S.’s insistence on the sanctions imposed on Iran was to keep Tehran at a limited capacity in regional and global politics.
A National Hero s Quest for Justice the Story of

A National Hero’s Quest for Justice: the Story of Mohamed Aboutrika in Egypt

May 10, 2018
One of the unlawful practices of the regime is placing individuals on a terror list. Once placed, suspects are issued travel bans and their properties are confiscated. This practice is increasingly instrumental for the Sisi regime and applied particularly to Muslim Brotherhood members.