This has been a year of escalating violence in Turkey, both due to worsening domestic dynamics and increased spillover from regional conflicts
While Operation Euphrates Shield is a welcome action, the United States should remain skeptical that Turkey’s strategic objectives align with its own.
Turkey’s Syria policy has focused on issues other than the ISIS threat, in the misguided belief that if Turkey left ISIS alone, ISIS would leave Turkey alone.
There is reason to believe that Turkey is interested in reversing recent tactical gains made by the Syrian Kurdish forces.
The discussion examined the implications of Turkey’s general election on the ongoing peace process with the PKK, and its policies on Syria and Iraq.
The United States and Turkey, sworn allies in public, reveal undercurrents of friction when it comes to the Kurds in Syria.
In Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary election, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party is considered the big winner, gaining almost 13 percent of the vote.