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.
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.
How Conflicts between CENTCOM and EUCOM threaten the Turkey-US Safe

How Conflicts between CENTCOM and EUCOM threaten the Turkey-US Safe Zone Deal

September 11, 2019
The latest action by CENTCOM of conducting joint patrols with a YPG front group immediately after the Turkish-American joint patrol at the border region, indicates that CENTCOM knows how to sabotage the deal, and is willing to do so to reassert its position as the main policy-maker in Syria vis-a-vis EUCOM.
YPG's Retaliation Against the Press Kurdistan 24 Case

YPG's Retaliation Against the Press: Kurdistan 24 Case

September 4, 2019
Since the launch of the Operation Claw by Turkey, the PKK has lost strategic hills in the Hakurk region, and the PKK has accused the KRG of collaboration with Ankara. YPG's recent move against Kurdistan 24 can also be seen as an attempt to retaliate in the name of the PKK against the KRG in northern Iraq.