epa03640276 A pedestrian walks past billboards with the pictures of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netenyahu (L) and reading on 'We are grateful, Israel apology from Turkey' in Ankara, Turkey, 25 March 2013. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu phoned Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 22 March to apologize for the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid in which nine activists died. EPA/ANADOLU AGENCY / EVRIM AYDIN TURKEY OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
Joe Hammoura is a specialist in Middle Eastern and Turkish affairs and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in International Relations at Kocaeli University in Turkey. He holds a Masters in International Relations with Honors from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – Lebanon (2015), and a BA in Political and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University (2008). His work focuses on the internal Turkish policies, foreign affairs and its direct and indirect implications on the Middle East. He is a fellow researcher in Turkish Affairs in the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) based in Lebanon. Additionally he writes in different magazines, newspapers and websites about Middle Eastern affairs.