Ömer Özkizilcik

Ömer Özkizilcik

Ömer Özkizilcik currently works at the Security Department of the SETA Foundation in Ankara and is the Editor-in-Chief of Suriye Gündemi.
The Forgotten Terrorists Daesh Fighters of Central Asia

The Forgotten Terrorists: Daesh Fighters of Central Asia

December 18, 2019
While much as the world is concerned with European foreign fighters, it should also be looking at the issue of terrorists from Central Asian states who were some of the most infamous fighters of Daesh.
Russia May Turn Idlib Into a Tit-For-Tat Game

Russia May Turn Idlib Into a Tit-For-Tat Game

November 22, 2019
Turkey needs to change the balance of power in Idlib in its favor in order to have a stronger position in the tit-for-tat dynamic that Russia may try to create.
European Daesh Fighters A Nightmare Knocking on the EU s

European Daesh Fighters: A Nightmare Knocking on the EU’s Door

November 6, 2019
Taking those foreign terrorist fighters back is the legal obligation of their home countries, but most know that their laws are incapable of declaring a proper sentence against them.
The Only Way Out for Russia Is to Let Turkey

The Only Way Out for Russia Is to Let Turkey Weaken the YPG

November 2, 2019
Vladimir Putin may have made promises he is incapable of keeping. The only way out for Russia would seem to be letting Turkey weaken the YPG to an extent which is manageable for the Russian military presence in Syria, or to clearly threaten the YPG with the strength of the Turkish Armed Forces.
Is a New Adana Agreement on the Agenda

Is a New Adana Agreement on the Agenda?

October 22, 2019
Russia has long argued for the reactivation of the Adana protocol to facilitate direct contacts between Damascus and Ankara, knowing that direct contact will change the diplomatic and political environment dramatically in favor of Russia and the Assad regime it backs.
Sanctions Will Not Deter Turkey but Only Weaken the NATO

Sanctions Will Not Deter Turkey but Only Weaken the NATO Alliance

October 15, 2019
The US has not understood its longtime ally at all. Turkey wants to prevent the establishment of a PKK communist state along its southern borders at all costs.
What Will Be Turkey s Possible Operation Plan in Syria

What Will Be Turkey’s Possible Operation Plan in Syria?

October 9, 2019
The joint Syrian-Turkish operation aims initially to liberate Arab areas from the YPG. This clearly contradicts with the critics who state that the main goal of the operation is demographic engineering.
Al Hol Camp in Hasakah might breed the Next Generation

Al Hol Camp in Hasakah might breed the Next Generation of Daesh

October 2, 2019
The situation in Al Hol camp has a huge potential to create the next generation of Daesh, similar to Camp Bucca in Iraq whose inmates including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi formed Daesh out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Only a Just Constitutional Committee Will Safeguard Syria's Future

Only a Just Constitutional Committee Will Safeguard Syria's Future

September 25, 2019
The formation of the constitutional committee in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254 has been a major obstacle for over the past eight years and only the Astana format has proven itself able to achieve progress.
Will One Million People return to Syria's Safe Zone

Will One Million People return to Syria's Safe Zone?

September 19, 2019
It is clear that if 350,000 Syrian refugees returned back to the tiny areas of northern Aleppo and Afrin, the return of one million to the vast areas of the safe-zone along the Turkish-Syrian border isn’t unachievable.