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).
What Does the Snap Election Mean for Turkish Foreign Policy

What Does the Snap Election Mean for Turkish Foreign Policy?

April 19, 2018
The strategic reasons behind the early election decision are multidimensional and it may influence current Turkish foreign and security policies. The decision itself poses many opportunities as well as risks for Turkey’s short-term strategic and military engagements along the Syrian border.
Without a Coherent Strategy US Strikes Mean More Damage for

Without a Coherent Strategy, US Strikes Mean More Damage for Syria

April 13, 2018
If Trump chooses the “minimum strike” option by targeting more than one place including aircraft bases, ammunition stores and command centers of the regime, then the price will be quite high for Assad, and probably for Russia, as well.
What does US Withdrawal from Syria Mean for Turkey

What does US Withdrawal from Syria Mean for Turkey?

April 7, 2018
The recent announcement of President Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has not only further complicated the situation for the international actors involved in the crisis but also enabled speculations about the future of the Turkish-American confrontation in Syria.
The PKK and its Complicated Future

The PKK and its Complicated Future

March 31, 2018
The propaganda machine for the PKK has also lost its functionality after Turkey’s Afrin operation. This will certainly affect the image of being an effective ground force in the fight against Daesh. As a result, it can be safely argued that the PKK faces a very complicated future in both Syria and Iraq.
How will Turkey carry out its Military Campaign beyond Afrin

How will Turkey carry out its Military Campaign beyond Afrin?

March 23, 2018
One way or another, it is clear that Turkey's military-political victory will provide more opportunities for strategic manoeuvres in Ankara’s next military move, particularly towards its ongoing military campaign against the PKK in northern Syria.
Who will land on both feet after the Afrin Operation

Who will land on both feet after the Afrin Operation?

March 17, 2018
Since Turkey implemented “boots on the ground” strategy in northern Syria, the Syrian crisis has become more complicated. Only those who are determined will land on both feet at the end of this crisis.
What does Afrin mean for Turkey's War on Terror

What does Afrin mean for Turkey's War on Terror?

January 22, 2018
Turkey’s first goal is to minimize the PKK’s presence and capacity and force it to withdraw from the areas it controls in the western flank of the Euphrates.
NATO the Fight against Terror and Intelligence Sharing

NATO, the Fight against Terror, and Intelligence Sharing

June 28, 2017
Since the end of the Cold War, the expectations from the NATO’s missions have changed. The NATO has been challenged to undertake new responsibilities and this leads to serious problems among the Allies due to different interests and political understandings.
DAESH after Mosul

DAESH after Mosul

November 12, 2016
The belief that DAESH will face major transformations and will begin its downward spiral is very optimistic. To talk about post-Mosul DAESH scenarios, one must wait for a complete loss of the group’s territories.
Turkey s Thwarted Military Coup Attempt and the Media A

Turkey’s Thwarted Military Coup Attempt and the Media: A New Visual Front for Resistance

July 24, 2016
The Internet communication platforms continued to play vital roles in convincing the people to stay at the city centers during the following nights to deter any remnants of the putschists to stage another coup. One can only hope that the anti-coup protests and the use of digital and visual media would be an opportunity for understanding the necessity of responsible use of open Internet.