Turkey: Syrian Intervention, Regional Resurgence

October 5, 2017

Brittany Kaylor

cc Flickr Rafiadli Roebiono, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

 

Summary

The Erdogan government maintains that Turkey’s long-term security interests are at stake in Syrian civil war, and it has intensified its operations in Syria in an attempt to protect these interests, consolidate influence throughout the wider MENA region, thwart Kurdish attempts to consolidate authority, and fill the void of a power vacuum in northwestern Syria. But as the dust settles and the Iran-Turkey-Russia coalition diverges on the post-war reality, will Ankara be left missing its ‘no enemies’ foreign policy of the past?

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