Kadir Üstün

Kadir Üstün

Kadir Ustun is the Executive Director of the SETA Foundation in Washington, DC.
A Safe Zone in Northern Syria is a Must for

A Safe Zone in Northern Syria is a Must for Turkey

February 13, 2019
If the U.S. and Turkey can work together on establishing a safe zone in northern Syria with the goal of achieving stability and security, it would go a long way in repairing years of mutual distrust.  
Protecting the YPG Should not be a Goal of the

Protecting the YPG Should not be a Goal of the US Withdrawal

February 6, 2019
Some argue that the U.S. should not abandon their allies on the ground and leave them to their fate, which would amount to a “betrayal of the Kurds.” This line of thinking makes a couple of flawed assumptions starting with equating the PKK’s Syrian affiliate the YPG with Syrian Kurds in general.
Taking Stock of the Syria Withdrawal Decision

Taking Stock of the Syria Withdrawal Decision

January 23, 2019
The Syria withdrawal decision is criticized on many fronts but most critics complain more about the style and timing than the substance of it. More importantly, they have failed to propose a realistic policy goal that justifies an indefinite U.S. presence.
Another Bumpy Week in US-Turkey Relations

Another Bumpy Week in US-Turkey Relations

January 15, 2019
The continued U.S. insistence on the use of the general category “Kurds” to describe the YPG forces in northern Syria is a major irritant for Turkey and a seemingly deliberate effort to legitimize the PKK.
US-Turkey Cooperation in Syria Requires Serious Strategy

US-Turkey Cooperation in Syria Requires Serious Strategy

January 7, 2019
Going forward, the central question will remain the same: what is the U.S. strategy in Syria? With or without U.S. troop presence on the ground, what is the main goal?
Can the US have its Cake and Eat it too

Can the US have its Cake and Eat it too in Syria?

December 11, 2018
The U.S. balancing act between supporting the PYD and providing reassurances to Turkey to be able to cooperate on the resolution of the Syrian conflict is not an easy one.
The G20 Summit A Lack of Leadership and Purpose

The G20 Summit: A Lack of Leadership and Purpose

December 4, 2018
Today, what we are seeing is the increasing irrelevance and greater provincialization of multilateral institutions that are supposed to provide comprehensive global solutions. This reality promises further uncertainty and instability around the world, which is already faced with challenges no single nation can solve on its own.
Walking Through the Minefields in the US-Turkey Relationship

Walking Through the Minefields in the US-Turkey Relationship

November 21, 2018
The U.S.-Turkey relationship is going through interesting times, as both allies are willing to work through their differences despite serious disagreements over a host of issues.
Trump and the New House of Cards

Trump and the New House (of Cards)

November 14, 2018
The midterms created a split in Congress, which promises major political showdowns between the President and House Democrats. As further infighting appears to be on the horizon, Trump may turn to foreign policy to project an image of strength despite his domestically inclined America first agenda.   
The Khashoggi Affair Ushers in a New Era in the

The Khashoggi Affair Ushers in a New Era in the Region

November 2, 2018
Mohammad bin Salman's political ambitions might lead him to future disasters like the Yemen, Hariri and Khashoggi ones. However, if regional tensions can be lowered due to a politically weakened MbS, it could count as a win for Turkey.