The Turks don’t want a Kurdish mini-state on their frontier any more than the Syrians want to lose territory to the Kurds.
Despite the ultra-conservative policies and creeping authoritarianism of the Erdogan regime, Turks from across the political spectrum opposed the coup [last week], which was attempted by a faction of the Turkish military.
Turkey’s march towards authoritarianism took another dangerous turn this past week with the forced resignation of moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, apparently at the insistence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
We’re already choosing the ones we want from the ones we don’t want.
Turkey has no interest in a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Syria that world powers are negotiating. As Erdogan gets desperate, he will attempt to bring focus back to Assad.
You would have thought that, by now, the Kurds might have learnt their lesson.
The Saudis and the Turks are scaling up their support for Syrian jihadists while the Israelis contemplate a new war with Hezbollah.
An increasingly significant part of the population became aware of the fact that behind all the talk about miraculous economic growth, there was nothing in it for them.
A fast-paced, wide-ranging discussion of the turmoil roiling the region with Prof. Joel Beinin of Stanford Unviversity. (58 mins)