Briefing on the domestic impact of Turkey’s ongoing military action in Syria


01 February 2018

Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Syria is reshaping the country’s domestic politics    

  • ‘Operation Olive Branch’ has won support across Turkey’s polarised political landscape, providing an opportunity for the government to cement its nationalist appeal
  • The increasingly nationalist political consensus has also added to pressure on the government’s opponents, particularly the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which now faces a renewed state crackdown
  • The popularity of the military action has added to the chance of early elections being called, but there remain political risks for the government if the situation in Syria deteriorates

Turkey’s military operation against predominantly Kurdish militants in Northern Syria is proving widely popular with the domestic public…

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