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The Rising Costs of Turkey's Syrian Quagmire

Europe Report N°230, 30 April 2014

Turkey Syria Taksim Gezi ParkContinuous refugee flows from Syria are stretching Turkey’s capacities and necessitate long-term adjustments as well as stronger international engagement to better share the burden.

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The Rising Costs of Turkey's Syrian Quagmire, Europe Report N°230, 30 Apr 2014

Continuous refugee flows from Syria are stretching Turkey’s capacities and necessitate long-term adjustments as well as stronger international engagement to better share the burden. Türkçe

Crying “Wolf”: Why Turkish Fears Need Not Block Kurdish Reform, Europe Report N°227, 7 Oct 2013

Turkey’s government needs to recover lost momentum, press forward with democratic reforms and constitutional revision, and recognise that steps that benefit the country’s Kurds must be decoupled from disarmament talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).


Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey, Europe Report N°225, 30 Apr 2013

As the humanitarian crisis reaches catastrophic proportions, Syria needs to open its borders to external aid, while Turkey and its international partners need more long-term planning to meet growing refugee needs and avoid having instability spill over the porous border. Türkçe

Turkey’s Kurdish Impasse: The View from Diyarbakır, Europe Report N°222, 30 Nov 2012

Though battered economically, socially and politically for decades, the city and province of Diyarbakır could offer hope for Turks and Kurds who want to live together, if Ankara can refocus its policies on creating a more equal, democratic Turkey.


Turkey: The PKK and a Kurdish Settlement, Europe Report N°219, 11 Sep 2012

Turkey needs to recover the initiative after the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) insurgency’s aggressive escalation of violence and implement a long-term conflict resolution strategy that addresses Kurdish grievances.


Turkey: Ending the PKK Insurgency, Europe Report N°213, 20 Sep 2011

To head off a serious escalation of the armed conflict, Turkey and the Turkish Kurd nationalist movement must immediately step back from the trap of a new cycle of tit-for-tat military and terrorist attacks that have killed 110 people since June.

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Turkey and Greece: Time to Settle the Aegean Dispute, Europe Briefing N°64, 19 Jul 2011

To capitalise on twelve years of normalisation, and at a time when both could benefit from a foreign policy success, Greece and Turkey should settle their expensive, outdated and stressful stand-off over Aegean Sea maritime zones and related issues.

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Turkey’s Crises over Israel and Iran, Europe Report N°208, 8 Sep 2010

While suspicions in Western capitals about its relationship with Iran and tensions with Israel have dealt setbacks to its “zero-problem” foreign policy, Turkey shares many of the goals of its Western partners and should continue to play an important role in resolving Middle Eastern and other conflicts.


Turkey and the Middle East: Ambitions and Constraints, Europe Report N°203, 7 Apr 2010

Turkey ’s sometimes controversial new Middle East activism is an asset to the EU and U.S., and attractive in the region, but only if Ankara pursues its long-standing integration with the West.


Turkey and Armenia: Opening Minds Opening Borders, Europe Report N°199 , 4 May 2009

Turkey and Armenia are close to settling a dispute that has long roiled Caucasus politics, isolated Armenia and cast a shadow over Turkey’s European Union (EU) ambition.

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Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey 

4 May 2013: We held a Google+ Hangout with Hugh Pope, Project Director, Turkey/Cyprus and Didem Akyel Collinsworth, Analyst, Turkey to discuss their report "Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey".