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From the border city of Hatay, Strait Talk brings special coverage of Turkey's anticipated military intervention in Syria's Idlib province.

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From the border city of Hatay, Strait Talk brings special coverage of Turkey's anticipated military intervention in Syria's Idlib province.

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    How Will Brexit Impact UK-Turkey Ties?

    How Will Brexit Impact UK-Turkey Ties?

    The UK has long supported Turkey’s drive to join the European Union, but Turkey lost that voice within the EU when the UK left the bloc on January 31. So, how will British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reorient the UK’s economic, political and security ties towards Turkey? And could the post Brexit reality bring the two countries closer?

    Guests:

    Nick de Bois
    Former UK Conservative Member of Parliament

    Ozan Ozkural
    Co-founder and Managing Partner at Tanto Capital Partners

    • 14 min
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    Have Turkey and Russia Reached a Breaking Point Over Syria?

    Have Turkey and Russia Reached a Breaking Point Over Syria?

    Turkey and Russia have been locked in a delicate dance in Syria for years: supporting opposing sides while making sure the conflict didn’t boil over. But the crisis in Syria’s northwest province of Idlib is pushing Turkey-Russia relations to the breaking point. Turkish President Recep Erdogan has long warned that he would not allow Bashar al Assad's aggression to go unchecked, be it against Turkish troops or Syrian civilians. But the message has fallen on deaf ears in Moscow as Assad continues to violate almost every agreement forged between Turkey and Russia. So how deep does the fracture run between the two most important players in Syria? And how will it play out on the ground?

    Guests:

    Hadi al-Bahra
    Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee of the Syrian Opposition

    Talip Kucukcan
    Senior Fellow at TRT World Research Centre

    • 9 min
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    Are Turkey-Russia Relations Fraying? | Turkey-UK Ties Post Brexit

    Are Turkey-Russia Relations Fraying? | Turkey-UK Ties Post Brexit

    The Syrian regime’s continued assault on Idlib and Moscow’s reluctance or inability to enforce past agreements, including the Astana process, has led Turkish officials to openly question Russia’s motives. Has Russia given the Assad regime the greenlight to directly engage Turkish forces? And how could that impact Ankara’s relations with Moscow? Plus the UK has long supported Turkey’s drive to join the European Union, but Turkey lost that voice within the EU when the UK left the bloc on January 31. But is there an opportunity for Ankara and London to forge a new relationship now that the UK has ‘recaptured its sovereignty?’

    Guests:

    Hadi al-Bahra
    Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee of the Syrian Opposition

    Talip Kucukcan
    Senior Fellow at TRT World Research Centre


    Nick de Bois
    Former UK Conservative Member of Parliament

    Ozan Ozkural
    Co-founder and Managing Partner of Tanto Capital Partners

    • 25 min
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    Is Teknopark Istanbul Turkey’s Silicon Valley?

    Is Teknopark Istanbul Turkey’s Silicon Valley?

    Teknopark Istanbul is Turkey’s hub for technological innovation, with more and more of the country’s advancements in the defense and aerospace industries being developed there. Alongside established companies, the campus has a dedicated space for startups. Omer Kablan has more on how Teknopark hopes to make a dent in the global tech world.

    • 3 min
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    Opposition Grows Against Saudi Arabian ‘Arms Ship’ | Istanbul Teknopark

    Opposition Grows Against Saudi Arabian ‘Arms Ship’ | Istanbul Teknopark

    There’s growing backlash against the Saudi Arabian ship Bahri Yanbu. The ship is suspected of picking up hundreds of millions dollars’ worth of arms in North America and Europe, for the war in Yemen. So, what’s behind the global anger against the world’s largest arms importer? Plus, Teknopark Istanbul is developing technology for Turkey’s defense and aerospace industries alongside startups focusing on everything from healthcare to drones. Could this campus one day rival Silicon Valley?

    Guests:

    Holly Topham
    Editor at Sana’a Centre For Strategic Studies

    Marwan Kabalan
    Director of Policy Analysis at the Arab Centre

    Hande Cilingir
    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Insider

    Ilhan Elgin
    Founder of Core Strategy

    • 26 min
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    Protests Mount Over Saudi Arabian ‘Arms Ship’

    Protests Mount Over Saudi Arabian ‘Arms Ship’

    From 2014 to 2018, Saudi Arabia was the world's largest arms importer. The kingdom also spent more money on its military in 2018 than any other country, except for the US and China. 67 billion dollars. And that's for a nation of just 34 million people. Most of those weapons came from the same countries that have criticised Saudi Arabia's five-year campaign in Yemen. To transport much of that military hardware, Riyadh has relied on a cargo ship called the Bahri Yanbu. When it stopped at ports in Europe earlier this month, it was greeted by protests and lawsuits. Will global anger against Riyadh’s role in Yemen’s war hinder its ability to buy weapons abroad?

    Guests:

    Holly Topham
    Editor at Sana’a Centre For Strategic Studies

    Marwan Kabalan
    Director of Policy Analysis at the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies

    • 9 min

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