Necdet Özçelik

Necdet Özçelik

Necdet Ozcelik served as a member of the Turkish Special Forces in Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and the United States. Ozcelik is currently a researcher for the SETA Foundation’s Security Directorate.
Making Sense of Turkey s Military Operations in Northern Syria

Making Sense of Turkey’s Military Operations in Northern Syria

October 19, 2019
There is the likelihood that Operation Peace Spring might be resumed in the projected safe zone area if the PKK/PYD withdrawal is not successfully implemented as promised by the U.S.
Operation Claw Strategy Scope and Goals

Operation Claw: Strategy, Scope and Goals

July 24, 2019
Operation Claw entered a new phase on July 12, 2019, by expanding its territorial scope into the east towards the Iranian border that leads the operation’s right flank more active.
Operation Olive Branch Direct Intervention Indirect Message

Operation Olive Branch: Direct Intervention, Indirect Message

January 24, 2018
Operation Olive Branch must be assessed in two aspects: the role of the operation in Turkey's counter-terrorism policy and Ankara's role in the Middle East.
How effective was Turkey s fight against terrorism in 2017

How effective was Turkey’s fight against terrorism in 2017?

December 21, 2017
2017 has been a turning point for Turkey’s fight against terrorism as the diversity and differentiation of terror threats, the structural problems in security architecture and the lack of trust in international alliances forced Turkey to accelerate its efforts in this regard.
Military and Economic Measures tabled against the KRG

Military and Economic Measures tabled against the KRG

October 6, 2017
With the rights arising from the 1926 Treaty of Ankara, Turkey is expected to exercise pressure on the Iraqi central government and the KRG. Minimizing the activities of the Turkish Consulate General in Erbil and reducing the diplomatic relations with the KRG to minimum can also be expected.
Strategic Goal and Operational Context of the Euphrates Shield

Strategic Goal and Operational Context of the Euphrates Shield

September 7, 2016
The Euphrates Shield is intended to create a terror-free zone cleared of Daesh and PYD/PKK terrorists by the setting of a security zone between Jarabulus and Azaz within 40 kilometers of northern Syria.
How did FETO Terrorists Infiltrate the Turkish Armed Forces

How did FETO Terrorists Infiltrate the Turkish Armed Forces?

August 23, 2016
It was not until Fetullah Gülen that military tutelage began to be used as an instrument to take over state control in favor of the religious order. Gülenists began to infiltrate the army in the 1970s, but mass infiltration happened in the 1980s, following the military coup of 1980, and continuing during the 1990s and onwards.
Security Vulnerability and the Reorganization Dilemma What s Next after

Security Vulnerability and the Reorganization Dilemma: What’s Next after the Failed Coup Attempt?

July 27, 2016
Internationally, Turkey can also revise its relations with NATO for a stronger position in the alliance. Traditional NATO policies over Turkey should be critically analyzed and alternative security alliances can be sought. At all dimensions, Turkey is capable of designing a perfect check and balance system. The current threat is not only the terrorism itself but also terrorist proxies within the state structure and regional security environments.
The US Army Special Forces in Syria

The US Army Special Forces in Syria

June 16, 2016
The US policy in northern Syria raises the question: could Turkey benefit more from a possible regional security alliance than US-orientated NATO policies?
PKK Setback in Nusaybin

PKK Setback in Nusaybin

May 28, 2016
The PKK terrorists chose to surrender on mass to Turkish Security Forces following the long-running urban lawlessness in Nusaybin/Mardin. This could tempt the Turkish government and security forces to give a sigh of relief, but it should not be perceived as the end of the PKK.