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Turkish Attack in Northern Syria Adds New Front to Complex Civil War?

Nicholas Danforth / Blog January 24, 2018

The attack is almost certain to usher in a new phase in the Syrian civil war, the U.S.-Turkish relationship and Turkey’s domestic Kurdish conflict as well.

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What Can Biden Bring Turkey?

Nicholas Danforth / Blog August 24, 2016

Given the long history behind the American-Turkish relationship, there are a few high-profile gestures it would behoove Washington to make for its own sake.

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U.S. Warily Watching Russia-Turkey Talks On Syria

Nicholas Danforth / Blog August 11, 2016

Will the current rapprochement lead to a new Russian-Turkish consensus on Syria that would facilitate a more lasting improvement in relations?

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Syria Dispute Puts U.S. and Turkish Credibility at Risk

Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 29, 2016

Turkey and the U.S. have both turned to their own preferred fictions because they have not found a more effective means to reconcile their conflicting interests in Syria.

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The Kurds, Sykes-Picot and Quest for Redrawing Borders

Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 10, 2016

History shows some of the embedded challenges that faced Kurdish nationalists a century ago, and sheds light on the factors influencing regional politics today.

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Debate Over Syrian Kurds at Peace Talks Reveal Complex Ties

Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 2, 2016

Whether the Syrian Kurds would attend the talks is perhaps most interesting for what it reveals about the relationship among the U.S., Turkey, and Moscow.

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Biden’s Turkey Visit: Stalemate on Syria, Step Forward on Democracy

Jessica Michek / Blog February 1, 2016

Washington and Ankara’s failure to see eye-to-eye will likely hamper attempts in the longer-term both to degrade and destroy ISIS and reach a peaceful transition in Syria.

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Turkey Targets Kurds First, ISIS Second

Jessica Michek, Blaise Misztal / Blog October 28, 2015

Turkey has demonstrated that it has very different priorities—less than one percent of its airstrikes targeted ISIS and the rest targeted Kurdish forces.

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Bombing Forces Turkey to Choose Between ISIS and the Kurds

Blaise Misztal / Blog July 23, 2015

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.

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Kurdish Advance in Syria Reveals U.S.-Turkey Divide

Jessica Michek / Blog June 29, 2015

The United States and Turkey, sworn allies in public, reveal undercurrents of friction when it comes to the Kurds in Syria.

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