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.