Yigit Engin is an Economist at Garanti BBVA. His responsibilities are making Political Analysis of Turkey and Geopolitical Analysis of the Greater Middle East.
He worked as an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. He holds a BA degree in Economics from Bilkent University, Ankara. In addition to his major in economics, he also took several International Relations courses at Bilkent including Strategic Studies, War-Peace and Security, Eurasian Atlantic Security and Foreign Policy Analysis to fulfill an interdisciplinary study. He holds a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from Bilgi University.
The U.S. airstrike against Iranian Quds Forces General Qassem Soleimani triggered high levels of uncertainty in the region as Iran threatened to take revenge and the U.S. warned of further retaliation. Iran retaliated with missile attacks against two U.S. bases in Iraq but U.S. de-escalated the situation.
The protests in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran against government policies triggered questions about the regional stability. Hong Kong pro-democracy candidates gained huge victory in local elections. Social unrest in Latin America intensified in some countries and they should be closely monitored.
The US army killed ISIS leader al-Baghdadi. Meanwhile, Turkey brokered separate deals with U.S. and Russia to ensure a safe zone in northern Syria. The UK decided to hold general elections as the EU granted the country a Brexit extension until January 31. The US and China trade war eased with a “phase one” trade deal.