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Briefing on Turkish military operations in Syria

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27th July 2017 A Turkish military operation against Kurdish militants in Syria is becoming increasingly likely, but such a move faces a variety of challenges. Turkey has stepped up its presence in Syria ahead of possible military action against the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia with links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) […]

Briefing on Turkey, Syria and the Trump Presidency

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Bottom line up front: The Trump presidency offers a chance to narrow the distance that has grown between Washington and Ankara over the last years, while also likely to impact Turkey’s engagements in Syria and the geo-political order in Turkey’s region. Trump has signalled he will take a more bullish and transactional approach in the Middle […]

Briefing on Turkey’s pivot towards a multipolar world

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While remaining firmly committed to NATO, Turkey also hopes to gain by strengthening links with Russia and China in an increasingly multipolar world. Ankara is balancing traditional alliances with new opportunities by strengthening ties to the East while maintaining co-operation with NATO partners, part of Turkey’s plan to strengthen itself as a world player. Turkey’s […]

Turkey, Syria and the Kurds – The Never-ending Conflict

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By Gabriella Twinning The latest bombing at a wedding party in the eastern border city of Gaziantep, along with bombings of military and police vehicles in Van and Elazig, should have sent shockwaves through Turkish society. However, attacks of this kind have unfortunately become commonplace in Turkey’s recent history. President Erdogan, in his address to […]

‘Turkey’s War in the South: Kurds, ISIS and Assad’

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Monday 19 October 2015, House of Commons In partnership with the Centre for Kurdish Progress, this event was kindly hosted by Diane Abbott MP and the debate was chaired by Telegraph Journalist, Raziye Akkoc. The keynote speakers were Dr Neil Quilliam, Acting Head, of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Programme and Mr Jonathan Friedman, […]

Dr David L. Philips

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  CEFTUS Joint Forum ‘Kurds in Syria: From Denial Toward Self-ruled Governance Model’ Dr David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a Senior Adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a Foreign Affairs Expert and […]

21 October 2014 News Round-up

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  A new bill granting extensive powers to the police, dismissal of the parliamentary commission to investigate corruption allegations against the former government and discussions over the Kurdish resolution process with contradictory statements by government officials occupied Turkish domestic news last week. As the battle in Kobane against ISIS advancement intensifies the US military air-dropped arms […]