US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds, and Turkey


by Joshua Landis The State Department has turned the page on Turkey for it no longer views Ankara is a reliable US partner. Many argue that Washington will abandon Syria’s Kurds in order to assuage Turkish anger. I doubt this.… Continue Reading  

Kurdish Rivalries Create New Challenges for Islamic State Fight


by Robert Olson and Derek Davison The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State (ISIS or IS) coalition is being challenged by a new but fairly predictable problem. Tensions between the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), along with its Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Relations with Syria

Zwischen Selbstverwaltung, Demokratie und Angriffen des IS.
Mit Ulla Jelpke (DIE LINKE) und Salih Muslim (PYD); Moderation: Murat Çakir (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung) 
Berlin, 18.11.2014

by Robert Olson Turkey’s relations with Syria are different from its relations with Iraq. The main difference is that Ankara has no close partners in Syria as it does in the form of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which works… Continue Reading  

What’s Next in the Turkey-Kurd-U.S. Imbroglio?

Switzerland US Russia Syria

by Robert Olson This is a question asked by Metin Gurcan in Al-Monitor on August 31. Gurcan proffers several possible scenarios as to what Turkey’s policies toward the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units… Continue Reading  

Jarabulus: Another Escalation in the War between Turkey and the Kurds

jarabulus tanks

by Robert Olson On August 24, Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield, an attack on the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Jarabulus, a small town located on the Turkish-Syrian. While Turkey has had troops on the Syrian side of the border… Continue Reading