The Shifting Turkish Agenda in Syria’s Evolving Conflict: Understanding the Drivers of Turkey’s Policy in Syria

PRIO Paper

Tank, Pinar (2020) The Shifting Turkish Agenda in Syria’s Evolving Conflict: Understanding the Drivers of Turkey’s Policy in Syria, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

​This paper critically examines the Turkish agenda in Syria, identifying Turkey’s domestic drivers and situating the country’s policies within an ever-changing regional and international context.

Its focus is particularly on how internal dynamics and nationalist politics are driving Turkish foreign policy in Syria. These domestic factors influence Turkey’s relationship to the West and its more recent pivot towards Russia.

The paper questions whether the Turkish-Russian relationship can be regarded as a turn away from traditional alliances such as NATO and the EU or whether it is merely a partnership of convenience based on mutual interests which is not likely to stand the test of time.

Authors

Pinar Tank

Pinar Tank

Senior Researcher

The Shifting Turkish Agenda in Syria’s Evolving Conflict: Understanding the Drivers of Turkey’s Policy in Syria
ISBN: 978-82-343-0079-0