Akin Unver

Akin Unver is an assistant professor of international relations at Kadir Has University, Istanbul and an energy and political risk consultant. He is the winner of 2010 MESA Social Sciences Award and a former lecturer at Princeton University's Near Eastern Studies Department.

Battle for Aleppo

The implications of the Andrey Karlov assassination

Although it's a significant blow to Turkey-Russia relations after the jet incident, impairing the relations is unlikely.

War & Conflict

Turkey's move against Russia: Cold War redux?

The downing of the Russian jet was breaking news, but it wasn't completely surprising for Russia and Turkey watchers.


Iran deal and Turkey: time for a soft-power reset

As sanctions are lifted, both Turkey and Iran get a chance to radically expand positive aspects of their relationship.

Business & Economy

Iran nuke deal may fuel Turkey's pipe dreams

Iran deal may finally enable Turkey's hope for an Iranian contribution to the EU's Southern Gas Corridor.


Pax Erdogana: Is this the end of an era?

Turkey must take a long, hard look at what went wrong with its regional ambitions - and why.

War & Conflict

Will northern Syria become another Northern Cyprus?

Turkey may be plotting to install a reliable, Ankara-friendly pseudo-government in northern Syria.

War & Conflict

Want Turkey's support against ISIL? Think Russia

What do two of the most burning strategic emergencies in current world affairs - Ukraine and ISIL -