Murat Yeşiltaş

Murat Yeşiltaş

Dr. Yeşiltaş is a Professor of International Relations at Sakarya University. He is currently working on the following research projects: The Rise of Kurdish Geopolitical Space, Border Security in the Middle East and The New Regional Security Project in the Middle East (NRSP).
President Erdogan Revolutionizes Civil-Military Relations

President Erdogan Revolutionizes Civil-Military Relations

July 20, 2018
There is a need for a comprehensive strategic roadmap for Turkey’s civil-military relations and for the strategic transformation of the military in order to increase the credibility of the TAF and minimize the security risks for Turkey in national, regional, and international security environments.
A Uni-Multipolar Moment in Turkish Politics

A Uni-Multipolar Moment in Turkish Politics

July 6, 2018
The Turkish political system is not unipolar, in which a single party acts unilaterally, but has a dominant power whose influence is possible through cooperation with other parties or power blocs.
Turkey s Post-election Foreign Policy Agenda

Turkey’s Post-election Foreign Policy Agenda

June 29, 2018
The election results brought more space for maneuver for President Erdogan in domestic politics, but the foreign policy challenges are still crucial as they were in the pre-election period.      
What Can the F-35 Crisis Further Lead To

What Can the F-35 Crisis Further Lead To?

June 22, 2018
Turkey’s removal from the F-35 program will not eliminate potential risks by Russia. It will only hamper NATO influence in the region and further deteriorate Turkish-American relations, as part of a lose-lose scenario.
How Turkey Has Changed its Counter-Terrorism Policy Against the PKK

How Turkey Has Changed its Counter-Terrorism Policy Against the PKK

June 15, 2018
This is the first comprehensive counter-terror operation against the PKK. This time, the military strategy is not only targeting to eliminate PKK terrorists but also aiming to clean and hold the territory where the PKK has any presence.
Can Turkey and the US Open a New Page with

Can Turkey and the US Open a New Page with the Manbij Deal?

June 4, 2018
The roadmap on Syria’s Manbij is expected to be announced after a final negotiation between Turkey and the U.S., which will be handled between Mike Pompeo and Mevlut Cavusoglu on June 4 in Washington
The Decline of Diplomacy How Trump is Destroying the Middle

The Decline of Diplomacy: How Trump is Destroying the Middle East

May 25, 2018
The people who serve "Trumpian diplomacy" are ultra-radical, neocon and pro-interventionists. When the other ultra-radical leaders in the region are taken into consideration, the region’s future does not appear to be bright.
Erdogan s New Way in Turkish Foreign Policy

Erdogan’s New Way in Turkish Foreign Policy

May 11, 2018
This time, Erdogan’s way in Turkish foreign policy is a strategy to save the country first and to turn it into a regional powerhouse later on.
Is the Turkey-US Agreement Still Valid in Manbij

Is the Turkey-US Agreement Still Valid in Manbij?

May 4, 2018
While the U.S. reaffirmed their support for the established bilateral process to find a common way forward on Manbij, and underlined the U.S’s commitment to support Turkey’s national security concerns, Turkey recalled that the U.S. should take concentrate steps to end YPG presence in Manbij.
The Weakness of the Turkish Opposition

The Weakness of the Turkish Opposition

April 28, 2018
There are three interrelated weaknesses of the Turkish opposition: the lack of ideological inclusiveness, the lack of leadership, and the lack of shared values.