Merve Çalhan

Merve Çalhan

Merve Çalhan completed her BA in Sociology from Ege University and her MA from Middle East Technical University. She has worked extensively on asylum-seekers, refugee camps and integration strategies of immigrants living in host societies. Çalhan is currently working at East Marmara Development Agency.
Will the Trump Administration s Syria Policy Change after the

Will the Trump Administration’s Syria Policy Change after the Chemical Attack?

May 7, 2017
Turkey should be neither too pessimist nor too optimist especially after Rex Tillerson’s statements on Syria, which were recently laid out after a joint press conference with Russian counter-part Lavrov. Tillerson underlined the urgency of Assad’s departure, however he added that the US is not going to lead it. His statement is a good summary of the American position, in that it is standing up for Syria.  The next step should be to realize that Turkey has a clear strategic advantage and can become that leading figure on the Syrian battleground needed to remove Assad.
Hezbollah gains Ground in Syria While Humanitarian Tragedy Floats in

Hezbollah gains Ground in Syria While Humanitarian Tragedy Floats in Damascus

April 2, 2017
Obviously, peace talks, whether held in Geneva or Astana, will bolster the truce in the near future, so in a way the talks lost the structural function in the battleground as an effective way of welcoming the truce. It seems that consecutive peace talks are being appealed to in order to cover the humanitarian tragedy especially apparent in Damascus.
Turkey is Consolidating its Power While Facing Newly Shaped Multidimensional

Turkey is Consolidating its Power While Facing Newly Shaped Multidimensional Threats in Syria

March 15, 2017
It seems that the US foreign policy priorities happen to line up with PYD which causes ramping up of divergence between the US and Turkey in terms of Syria policy and the Middle East as a whole.