The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
in cooperation with the SAIS Middle East Studies Program
“Turkey and the Syrian Crisis: Understanding Ankara's Motivations”
November 7, 2012
“Turkey and the Syrian Crisis: Undertsanding Ankara's Motivations ”
Dr. M. Kemal Kaya
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program
Svante E. Cornell , Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Wednesday, November 7, Noon-2 p.m.
Rome Auditorium, Rome Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Since the Arab uprisings, the collapse of Turkey’s erstwhile “zero-problems-with –neighbors” foreign policy has become increasingly apparent. The crisis in Syria has tested Ankara unlike no other regional problem, and the motives of the AKP government’s U-turn on the issue has been the subject of much discussion. Given Ankara’s failure to achieve either a domestic or regional consensus supporting its approach to Syria, what is its likely future course? How do Ankara’s concerns over the Kurdish problem affect its policies? What are the domestic power concerns at play? And finally, how will Syria affect the relationship between Turkey and the United States following the U.S. presidential election?
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