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.
What If the Worst-Case Scenario Happens in Idlib

What If the Worst-Case Scenario Happens in Idlib?

August 27, 2019
With the support of the EU states and the US, Turkey could convince Russia to establish a security belt in Idlib. Such a move would require Turkey to take control over a certain area in Idlib following the Euphrates Shield model.
After Raids against Turkish Forces a New Approach is Needed

After Raids against Turkish Forces, a New Approach is Needed for Idlib

August 20, 2019
Assuming that no miracle will happen soon, the Turkish authorities need a new approach for Idlib. This should start with reaching an evacuation deal and securing the safety of trapped soldiers in Morek.
What Will Happen to Turkish Observation Posts in Idlib

What Will Happen to Turkish Observation Posts in Idlib?

August 15, 2019
There seem to be four pathways for Turkey: Withdrawing, escalating, postponing or preventing. Each of which will have its own implications and risks.
Why the YPG Can t Fight Against Turkey

Why the YPG Can’t Fight Against Turkey

August 6, 2019
The YPG doesn’t have the experience of the rebels in Idlib who have fought for years against an enemy with air-power. The YPG has become too used to air-support and their experience in war without air support is mainly limited to its loss of 200 villages in a week south of Ayn al-Arab (Kobane) in its fight against Daesh.
Russia s Escalation in Idlib What s the Purpose

Russia’s Escalation in Idlib: What’s the Purpose?

July 31, 2019
If Turkey and the Syrian opposition fail to stand firm, the political transition process towards peace in Syria might fail.
Can Russia Install its Kadyrov in Syria

Can Russia Install its Kadyrov in Syria?

July 23, 2019
Russia can find its Syrian Kadyrov. However, in contrast to Chechnya, Russia needs to balance and share power with another actor or risk an entire new conflict dynamic to evolve in Syria.
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.