Kadir Üstün

Kadir Üstün

Kadir Ustun is the Executive Director of the SETA Foundation in Washington, DC.
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.
Turkey-US Relations Post-Brunson

Turkey-US Relations Post-Brunson

October 16, 2018
Brunson’s return to the U.S. and President Trump’s hosting of the pastor in the oval office with high level administration officials sends a strong message to the Evangelical base ahead of the midterm elections in November. Not that Trump risked losing the support of the Evangelicals, but Brunson’s return gives his standing with Evangelical supporters a big boost.
What are the Implications of America's New Syria Policy for

What are the Implications of America's New Syria Policy for Turkey?

October 10, 2018
The U.S. policymakers in charge of the Syria policy would like to see Turkey enlisted on their side in their push back against Iran in the region and they must see an interest in alleviating at least some of the Turkish concerns
Towards a New International System Without US Leadership

Towards a New International System Without US Leadership

October 2, 2018
In the years ahead, if it decides to return, U.S. global leadership will find itself in an environment that has fundamentally changed. The emergence of regional cooperation mechanisms and mini-alliances based on a variety of issues will create realities that will not be easy to replace.