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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Russian meddling in Libya: Covert to overt

As Russia's footprint in Libya grows, it risks drawing greater attention from the US.In April 2019, warlord Khalifa Haftar and his self-declared ‘Libyan National...

Is there an active role for NATO in the Libya conflict?

With no end in sight for the humanitarian crisis in Libya, NATO’s intervention may prove the only solution in finding peace and in halting...

Haftar forces causing devastating humanitarian crisis in Tripoli

The scale of violence against civilians exhibited by Haftar’s forces impedes any possibility for a return to a political process.Thousands of people across Libya,...

Haftar’s scrapping of the unity deal in Libya is an act of desperation

Khalifa Haftar has become increasingly desperate as his advances on Tripoli have failed and his forces weaken.In a dramatic press conference, Libyan warlord Khalifa...

Algeria’s Role in Libya

This policy outlook explores some of the critical elements driving Algeria’s foreign policy concerning the on-going conflict in Libya.This policy outlook explores some of...

Fighting intensifies in Libya despite COVID-19 threat

Oil-rich Libya has limited funds to pay for imports, such as medical supplies, thus making it harder to battle coronavirus.Libya’s internationally recognized Government of...

Doubling-Down on Haftar: Examining France’s Position in Libya

This policy outlook explores France’s foreign policy in Libya, examining the mixture of strategic, geopolitical, economic, and ideological factors driving French interests in Libya.Libya’s...

EU’s new naval mission in Libya one-sided, poorly conceived

The only party that will be affected by this ill-conceived measure is the legitimate government, while the rogue anti-governmental forces are likely to continue...

Khalifa Haftar’s recklessness could compound coronavirus threat to Libya

The relentless attacks and revolving door of mercenaries widen Libyans' exposure to the pandemic.Libya has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. Years of...

Will the US take on a bigger role in Libya?

Publicly, the US backs the UN-backed government in Tripoli. It's time it starts showing that support.Libya’s interior minister Fathi Bashagha proposed to host an...

Will the Berlin conference on Libya help to bring a permanent ceasefire?

Libyans are sceptical that the agreements signed at the summit will end the conflict, but it is an important step in the right direction.Conflicting...

Berlin Peace Conference on Libya: Expectations, Challenges and Realities

This info pack examines the Berlin Peace Conference on Libya, and presents the necessary background to these discussions, the key regional and international players...

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