Turkey’s Policy Towards ISIS

Abstract

Turkey needs to decide which war it wants to wage. Its fight with Kurdish separatists, both in Turkey and across the border in Syria, is sapping immense security resources from its ISIS counterterrorism effort and alienating both the country’s NATO allies and its Kurdish minority, creating a long-term radicalization problem.

But even if the Kurdish problem were (temporarily) settled, Turkey would require all of its available resources along with international intelligence support to tackle its ISIS problem at home. The absence of solid data on the extent of ISIS entrenchment in Turkey, along with the existing mistrust between Turkish security institutions, renders this a long-term affair.

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Author

Akin Unver

Dr. Akin Ünver
Wikistrat Senior Analyst
Assistant Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University


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