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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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...

Protests in Libya are a warning shot aimed at its leaders

Civil unrest in eastern Libya's Benghazi is a strong signal that cracks are beginning to appear in Khalifa Haftar's strongholds.Last week dozens of protesters...

Libya’s Hidden Treasure: Gaddafi’s Looted Wealth and Libya’s Financial Future

Gaddafi and his cronies reportedly plundered as much as $200 billion from Libya that was deposited in bank accounts around the world. That wealth...

Will Libya’s latest ceasefire bring about a lasting political settlement?

The agreement between the UN-recognised government in Tripoli and the Tobruk-based legislature to demilitarise Sirte is an important step towards peace but obstacles remain...

Turkey and Malta are increasing cooperation to bring stability to Libya

As the tiny island nation lies in the middle of a popular migration route, Maltese interests lie in ensuring a stable Libya capable of...

How credible is EU with regard to Libya?

Until now the EU has not been able to take a forceful position on Libya or provide meaningful strategies for de-escalation.Recently, a senior US...

Russia’s Policy in Libya from 2011 Onwards

This paper examines Russia's strategy towards Libya post-2011. Russia has arguably been filling the vacuum left by NATO to further its interests regardless of...

Growing number of mercenaries to Sirte deepens conflict in Libya

The increasing number of mercenaries, who are mobilizing to support Haftar’s self-declared LNA in Sirte, indicates Haftar’s backers are repositioning themselves on the front...

France’s hypocritical, ill-conceived strategy jeopardizing Libya’s political stability

Although its primary goal in helping Haftar is reaping economic benefits and achieving greater political influence, France keeps repeating the mantra of “counter-terrorism” to...

Is Egypt trying to salvage Haftar’s project in Libya?

The relationship between Egypt and Haftar is not merely shaped by security priorities and arms deliveries, but it is part of a real political...

Egypt’s Role in Libya

This policy outlook examines Egypt’s role in Libya. Cairo’s various interests in Libya are assessed and used to explain Egypt’s policy in Libya and...

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