Burak Elmali is a researcher at TRT World Research Centre in Istanbul. He holds an MA in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University. His research areas include Turkish foreign policy and great power politics focusing on US-China relations and their manifestations in the Gulf. He has contributed many articles to various media outlets.
Items by Burak Elmali
- October 18, 2023 Burak Elmali
Fifty years ago, Saudi Arabia’s late King Faisal complained about the biased world’s conscience when it comes to the systematic oppression in Palestine. Fast forward half a century, and the unrelenting brutality witnessed in Gaza again underscores the troubling reality that his question remains unanswered. Netanyahu’s ‘war cabinet’, responsible for the...
- August 23, 2023 Burak Elmali
An enduring quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet encapsulates a conflictual tension between reality and uncertainty: “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” These words gain even more currency in today’s discussions surrounding the organisation of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and the Western-led...
- May 25, 2023 Burak Elmali
The world stands at a crucial juncture as the dire consequences of global climate change loom ever closer. Although currently distributed unevenly across nations, its effects will eventually transcend borders, impacting our entire planet. A critical aspect of tackling this issue lies in revolutionising our energy production to slash...
- April 15, 2023 Burak Elmali
China’s rise has been the talk of the global village, with its impressive economic performance, ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and frenzied diplomacy, ranging from the Ukraine conflict to Africa and the Gulf. But is there more to this “rising China” narrative? Despite the oft-advertised strengths, China’s significant...
- March 22, 2023 Burak Elmali
On 20 March 2003, a US-led coalition invaded Iraq, a tragic event which has had a lasting impact on the country and the region. The invasion was launched just one and a half years after the 9/11 attacks at a time when the United States was the world’s undisputed...
- January 23, 2023 Burak Elmali
Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the Danish far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party, burnt a copy of the Qur’an during a demonstration in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm at the weekend. Despite Turkish foreign office staff warning their Swedish counterparts about Paludan’s protest, it was held to...
- August 8, 2022 Burak Elmali
Immediately after the announcement that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would visit Taiwan during her Asia tour, the complex relationship between China, Taiwan and the United States resurfaced. China warned the US that it would pay the price for this visit. Beijing and Moscow, which are allegedly bound by...
- June 21, 2022 Burak Elmali
The Russia-Ukraine War has lasted for four months and counting. It has raised various questions about new waves of refugees, energy resources, food prices and the revision of national security policies all over the world. The week after the Russian invasion in February, US President Joe Biden banned oil...