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Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

The Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY provides independent expert analysis regarding the full spectrum of defense issues involving primarily the United States and Turkey as well as the region, covering strategic, geopolitical, political-military, operational-technical, and defense technological and industrial affairs.

Working with experts specialized on a diverse range of fields, the Atlantic Council in Turkey delivers analysis and commentary on issues related to transatlantic relations, energy, business and migration on Turkey from Turkey.


TURKEYSource provides analysis and insight on Turkey and related developments with coverage from Turkish, regional, and international experts. This blog offers timely news and commentary on key issues related to transatlantic relations, energy, business, migration, and key players.

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Turkey news roundup

The Atlantic Council IN TURKEY weekly news roundup features the latest headlines and important stories on Turkey from international and domestic media to keep you informed of the latest developments.

From energy relations to issues related to Syrian refugees in Turkey, the Atlantic Council in Turkey’s in-depth research serves to enlighten transatlantic policymakers and business leaders on issues about Turkey.

Do Seagulls Migrate?

Do Seagulls Migrate? an Atlantic Council Documentary

As the Syrian civil war marks a decade of destruction and displacement, millions of refugees are forced to endure harrowing journeys and create new lives from scratch. Do Seagulls Migrate?, the Atlantic Council’s first ever documentary, chronicles the lives of four Syrian women who fled their war-torn homes to seek survival, prosperity, and a new life in Turkey. Do Seagulls Migrate? reveals the refugee experience first-hand as Reem, Khloud, Inam, and Reem M. share their emotional journeys, forge new experiences, care for their families, and build new careers.

Do Seagulls Migrate? has been selected for screening at four film festivals: Prague International Film Festival 2021, 10th Antakya International Film Festival, Germany International Film Festival 2023, Nice International Film Festival 2023.

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Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Dec 22, 2022

Q&A with Lieutenant General (retired) Ben Hodges

Former commanding general of US Army Europe Ben Hodges shares his thoughts on the United States-Turkey defense partnership.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Dec 22, 2022

Turkey’s global military footprint in 2022

By Rich Outzen

A breakdown of Turkey's evolving global military posture and defense partnerships and their effect on US policy and interests.

Conflict Defense Policy
Diplomatic men sitting around a table in discussion

Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Dec 22, 2022

Turkey learns that hard power is a global common currency: Defense diplomacy elevates Ankara’s status on the international stage

By Ken Moriyasu

Turkey's growing assertiveness and military capabilities are providing new angles for cooperation with existing partners and unlocking new partnership opportunities.

Central Asia Conflict

Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Dec 22, 2022

Being a better ally at tough times requires a genuine and full solidarity with all allies

By Basat Öztürk

Turkey's contributions to the NATO Alliance, current and historic, warrant it solidarity and understanding from its partners.

Conflict Defense Policy

Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Dec 22, 2022

Transforming from arms importer to trendsetter: Assessing the growth of Turkey’s defense industries

By Can Kasapoglu

An overview of the development of Turkey's defense industry and how it has affected Turkey's foreign and defense policies.

Conflict Defense Industry

Defense Journal by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Dec 22, 2022


By Defne Arslan

Since Turkey’s accession to NATO in 1952, United States–Turkey relations have been underpinned by their defense ties. Turkey’s critical position on NATO’s southeastern flank, with the second-largest army in the Alliance, and as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East and the Caucasus, contributes significantly to the Alliance’s security. Likewise, Turkey has accrued immense […]


Dec 20, 2022

To realize its gas hub dreams, Turkey needs to follow liberal market principles

By Eser Özdil

Russian gas cannot turn Turkey into a gas hub, instead Turkey should focus on reforms to liberalize the market.

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance


Dec 7, 2022

Turkey can become an energy hub—but not by going all-in on Russian gas

By Yevgeniya Gaber

Turkey has the ambition and potential to play a key role in the regional energy landscape but Russian gas hampers its effort to become a hub.

Conflict Geopolitics & Energy Security

Turkey News Roundup

Dec 7, 2022

Latest news from Turkey and Turkish foreign policy

By Atlantic Council in Turkey

Below is a selection of articles on Turkey we have been following, covering the most important recent issues. Istanbul Bombing and Syria Strikes Biden-Erdogan Meeting Turkey-Israel Relations Turkey in COP27



Dec 1, 2022

The risks and rewards of Erdogan’s next military operation

By Rich Outzen

The November 13 bombing in Istanbul, blamed on the PKK, is spurring a planned Turkish offensive against PKK affiliates in Northern Syria, fulfilling a long term goal to better secure the country's southern border.

Conflict Iraq