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Mithat Rende

Ambassador Mithat Rende is the former Turkish ambassador to Qatar and former chair of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Executive Committee. This article is a revised and updated version of two op-eds: Mithat Rende, “The energy dimension of the Gulf Crisis: The Saudi perspective,” Hürriyet Daily News, 26 June 2017 and Mithat Rende, “The energy dimension of the Gulf Crisis: The Qatari perspective,” Hürriyet Daily News, 27 June 2017.

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From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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