Burhanettin Duran

Burhanettin Duran received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in 1993 and obtained his Ph.D in Political Science from Bilkent University in 2001. Currently, Dr. Duran is a Professor at Ibn Haldun University and the General Coordinator of SETA Foundation.

Two things Turkey accomplished in Afrin

“The victory in Afrin marked the beginning of two crucial processes for Turkey. First, the future of the YPG in Syria is now part of negotiations and Turkey now has the upper hand in talks with other prominent players. Secondly, Turkey just stripped the YPG of its Kurdish card.”

As the Trump administration comes together…

There are two possible scenarios: Either Pompeo can end the newly-started compromise on the YPG by supporting the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) or he can balance CENCTOM thanks to his expertise on documents and thus can provide Trump’s promises to Turkey be kept.

Saudi crown prince’s moves and the tripartite Middle East

The polarization between Iran and the Gulf and Israel is not the only force in the Middle East. There is a third bloc represented by Turkey that brings together players for cooperation. Failing to acknowledge that reality will not only strengthen Iran, but also result in the Gulf’s fragmentation.

A difficult period of normalization with the US

Washington must reconsider its partnership with the YPG in order to convince the Turks to start talking about other issues, including Iran’s containment. But some steps must be taken regarding Manbij first.