Turkey-US Relations

US Finally Appoints Envoy to Turkey Can Satterfield Repair the
US Finally Appoints Envoy to Turkey: Can Satterfield Repair the Relationship?

Turkey needs reassurance and the Americans need an olive branch. A better relationship will only come when they recognize...

Monday, July 22, 2019

US-Turkey Relations in the Trump Era A Turkish Perspective
US-Turkey Relations in the Trump Era: A Turkish Perspective

Many of the problems in U.S.-Turkey relations are structural. Had Erdogan never come to power, there would still be a...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The S-400 Deadlock Between Turkey and the US
The S-400 Deadlock Between Turkey and the US

Geopolitics 101 says that Turkey and the U.S. have to agree, one way or another, over the issue of S-400s. It seems likely...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Turkey's S-400 Deal The Last Straw that Breaks the Camel's
Turkey's S-400 Deal: The Last Straw that Breaks the Camel's Back in US-Turkey Relations?

Turkey's purchase of S-400s from Russia is more than a simple choice. It's a strategic choice that might re-shape Turkey's...

Monday, March 11, 2019

Is the US Going to Withdraw from Syria or Not
Is the US Going to Withdraw from Syria or Not?

The U.S. administration has been persuaded to leave a residual U.S. force (400 soldiers), which would certainly make SDF...

Friday, March 1, 2019

A Safe Zone in Northern Syria is a Must for
A Safe Zone in Northern Syria is a Must for Turkey

If the U.S. and Turkey can work together on establishing a safe zone in northern Syria with the goal of achieving...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Protecting the YPG Should not be a Goal of the
Protecting the YPG Should not be a Goal of the US Withdrawal

Some argue that the U.S. should not abandon their allies on the ground and leave them to their fate, which would amount to...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Taking Stock of the Syria Withdrawal Decision
Taking Stock of the Syria Withdrawal Decision

The Syria withdrawal decision is criticized on many fronts but most critics complain more about the style and timing than...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Trump s Double quot Conflation quot Problem
Trump’s Double "Conflation" Problem

In such an “interconnected” and “intertwined” world, the economic sphere must have a certain degree of immunity from...

Monday, January 21, 2019

Another Bumpy Week in US-Turkey Relations
Another Bumpy Week in US-Turkey Relations

The continued U.S. insistence on the use of the general category “Kurds” to describe the YPG forces in northern Syria is a...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Problem of Perception Turkey-US Relations
Problem of Perception? Turkey-US Relations

SETA Washington researcher Kilic Bugra Kanat clarifies how the perception problem has become a concrete issue in...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

US-Turkey Cooperation in Syria Requires Serious Strategy
US-Turkey Cooperation in Syria Requires Serious Strategy

Going forward, the central question will remain the same: what is the U.S. strategy in Syria? With or without U.S. troop...

Monday, January 7, 2019

Turkey Can Help the US Exit from Syria
Turkey Can Help the US Exit from Syria

Although the withdrawal remains unclear, the road-map for Turkey is clear. Firstly, as President Erdoğan proposed in his...

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Erdogan in the NYT Turkey is the only Viable Partner
Erdogan in the NYT: Turkey is the only Viable Partner for the US

Erdogan states that Turkey can defeat (and has already defeated) Daesh militarily and, further, it is capable of...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

How will the Legacy of 2018 shape Politics in the
How will the Legacy of 2018 shape Politics in the Middle East in 2019?

The legacy of 2018 will be clearly visible during the following year. There would be serious consequences as a result of...

Monday, December 31, 2018

What is Turkey's Military Agenda in Northern Syria
What is Turkey's Military Agenda in Northern Syria?

Turkey’s strategic objective is clear: to de-territorialize the YPG/PYD alongside its Syrian border, fix relations with...

Friday, December 14, 2018

Can the US have its Cake and Eat it too
Can the US have its Cake and Eat it too in Syria?

The U.S. balancing act between supporting the PYD and providing reassurances to Turkey to be able to cooperate on the...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Walking Through the Minefields in the US-Turkey Relationship
Walking Through the Minefields in the US-Turkey Relationship

The U.S.-Turkey relationship is going through interesting times, as both allies are willing to work through their...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

To Extradite or not to Extradite Fetullah Gulen Rumors in
To Extradite or not to Extradite Fetullah Gulen? Rumors in the Press

With various sources claiming different stories, if the Trump administration has actually considered the extradition of...

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Does the US Bounty on PKK Leaders Mean Anything
Does the US Bounty on PKK Leaders Mean Anything?

PKK leaders Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik and Duran Kalkan have been added to the U.S. ‘Reward for Justice’ list prepared...

Saturday, November 10, 2018

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