Turkey’s Syria Predicament

May 11, 2016 - 9:00 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC
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Turkey’s Syria Predicament


A discussion with:
Faysal Itani
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Aaron Stein
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Joyce Karam
Washington Bureau Chief and Columnist, Al Hayat
Al Arabiya

Introduction by:
The Hon. Frederic C. Hof
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Were it not for Turkey, there would not be a serious armed insurgency in Syria. Turkey is also the opposition backer with the highest stakes in what exactly a post-Assad Syria will look like. Yet despite its demographic, economic, and military might, Turkey finds itself beset by enemies and deprived of reliable allies. The Syrian civil war now has Turkey battling the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian regime, and the Islamic State (ISIS), directly or through Syrian proxies. The results are decidedly mixed. 

In a new Atlantic Council report, “Turkey’s Syria Predicament,” authors Faysal Itani and Aaron Stein argue Turkey’s strategy and policies have profoundly shaped the course of the war in Syria, but not always as Turkey intended. Please join us on May 11 for a discussion with the authors on Turkey’s Syria policy, its implications for Turkish domestic politics, including concurrent peace talks with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), its impact on the Syrian insurgency and course of the war, and the implications for US policy.
 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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Bios

Faysal Itani focuses on US policy in the Levant, with an emphasis on the conflict in Syria and its regional impact.

Aaron Stein focuses on Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East, including its involvement in the Syrian conflict, and Turkey’s ISIS policy.

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof specializes in the conflict in Syria, and served as the Special Adviser for transition in Syria in 2012.
 

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