Ferhat Polat

Ferhat Polat is a Deputy Researcher at the TRT World Research Centre. He is a PhD researcher in North African Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in Exeter with a particular focus on Turkish Foreign Policies. His interest include the politics of the Middle East and its influence in North Africa, particularly inregards to the potential for stronger economic, political and social partnerships. He has worked as a consultant and researcher for small businesses to expand into new markets in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also a published writer and journalist and a regular contributor to the British Council-partnered political journal as well as the Middle East Monitor. He has previously worked as a political analyst at British Institute of Turkish Affairs.
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Libya’s Government of National Unity: Priorities and Challenges

This policy outlook investigates the challenges faced by Libya’s national unity government, which has several difficult tasks ahead of the December elections.After seven years...

Is Libya moving from conflict to reconciliation?

Libya's unity government faces a mammoth task ahead, but there has been no better time in recent history for the North African country to...

US Relations with Libya: What to Expect from the Biden Administration?

This policy outlook aims to analyse US strategy in Libya post 2011 and also examines what President Biden’s new diplomatic approach will be in...

After a decade of turmoil, is peace within reach in Libya?

Libya's political trajectory has gone through different stages since 2011 but the country was effectively split into two halves following the 2014 involvement of...

Libya’s new unity government is a start. But a long road lies ahead

Libyans hope a new political transitional can unite the country and bring about a reconciliation process – but many hurdles remain.Recently, delegates from opposite...

Ten years After the Arab Spring: Has the Libyan Conflict Come to an End?

The international community must ensure the security required in which the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue Forum can prepare for new elections.Political uprisings and widespread...

Of Energy and Unity: Oil and Challenges to Libya’s Political and Economic Future

This policy outlook examines the political economy of oil and gas in Libya, analysing how the country's ongoing conflict impacts the oil and gas...

Why Turkey extended troop deployment in Libya?

As long as Libya's internationally-recognized government needs Ankara's support to stave off destabilising actors like France and Egypt, Turkey will continue to have its...

Turkey’s Strategy in Libya: Rationale and Challenges

This policy outlook discusses the trajectory of Turkey’s engagement with Libya and examines the latest developments on the ground, delineating Turkey’s motivations for its...

Is there a way to move from frozen conflict to durable peace in Libya?

Negotiations have given a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel but with wildcards like Haftar still empowered by foreign powers,...

Turkey-Libya ties are becoming a game-changer in the region

The UN-registered agreement enables both Turkey and Libya to protect their rights and interests in the eastern Mediterranean waters.Recently, the UN registered the Turkey-Libya...

From Energy to Migration: Surveying Italy’s Position in Libya post-2011

This policy outlook aims to analyse Italy’s approach towards Libya post- 2011. Rome’s various interests in Libya are assessed and used to explain Italy’s...

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