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.
A Turkish-American Confrontation in Northeast Syria is Avoidable

A Turkish-American Confrontation in Northeast Syria is Avoidable

July 17, 2019
A common understanding between Turkey and the U.S. is the establishment of a safe-zone in northeast Syria. However, both sides cannot agree on the depth and the forces controlling the region.
Three Ways to Increase Security in Afrin

Three Ways to Increase Security in Afrin

July 9, 2019
There are three ways to improve security in Afrin: The cleansing of Tel Rifaat, a strong Turkish footprint model and the formation of a hierarchic governance model.
The US Needs to Re-engage with the Syrian Opposition

The US Needs to Re-engage with the Syrian Opposition

July 2, 2019
Daesh is now in a new era in which popular support and acceptable governance will be the main effective tools to grab the extremists from their pool of recruitment.
Can the US Confront Iran in Syria

Can the US Confront Iran in Syria?

June 25, 2019
The current escalation in the Basra Bay may have seemingly calmed down, but will the downing of the U.S. drone have real-life implications for Iran in Syria.
Masquerading the YPG Will Not Improve Turkey-US Relations

Masquerading the YPG Will Not Improve Turkey-US Relations

June 18, 2019
If the U.S. wants to have any real change on the ground in order to step forward for the discussed safe zone, the U.S. should first start by forbidding the entry of the YPG into Tal Abyad. If the U.S. fails to do this, it’s useless to talk about any safe zone.
The Occupation of Deir Ezzor

The Occupation of Deir Ezzor

May 3, 2019
The frustration of the local Arab population in Deir Ezzor is grounded in the unequal share of oil incomes, arbitrary arrests, forced conscription, the relationship of the U.S. partner forces with the Assad regime, and the limited freedom of movement imposed by the YPG.
Will Turkey Launch a New Operation in the East of

Will Turkey Launch a New Operation in the East of the Euphrates?

April 5, 2019
If the U.S. isn’t going to address Turkey’s security concerns and since Turkey is being pushed from inside by the Turkish people and the Syrian opposition to launch a military operation towards Manbij and the east of the Euphrates, the best for Turkey would be not to withstand this and push and conduct another military operation soon.
The Unspoken Syrian Tribes in the Syrian Civil War

The Unspoken Syrian Tribes in the Syrian Civil War

March 9, 2019
While Turkey and the U.S. discuss a potential safe-zone in northern Syria, especially in the areas below the 20-mile line, there are tribes who are close to Turkey and see opportunities in cooperating with Ankara in order to get rid of the YPG, prevent an Iranian expansion, and to ensure their own governance.
Between Rock and a Hard Place The Armed Syrian Opposition

Between Rock and a Hard Place: The Armed Syrian Opposition In Idlib

February 7, 2019
Under current circumstances, the Syrian opposition remains weak in their disunity and seem incapable of getting rid of HTS. In this case, the Assad regime would start an operation towards Idlib under the pretext of the presence of HTS supported by Russia, who will try to persuade Turkey to withdraw from Idlib.
Four Scenarios for Idlib and the Future of Hayat Tahrir

Four Scenarios for Idlib and the Future of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

January 12, 2019
Developments on the ground in Idlib and a bigger HTS presence will have serious implications for the international context and the signed Sochi agreement between Turkey and Russia.