Friedensprozess in Gefahr
Friedensprozess in Gefahr
Turkey and Russia’s Complicated Relationship
Turkey and Russia’s Complicated Relationship

Friedensprozess in Gefahr

2005 begann zwischen der kurdischen PKK und dem türkischen Staat ein Verhandlungsprozess, der in den vergangenen Monaten durch die Entwicklungen im syrischen Bürgerkrieg und insbesondere dem Kampf um Kobane aus der Bahn geworfen wurde. Dabei stehen die Chancen auf eine Lösung weiterhin gut, wenn sich beide Seiten bewegten.

Der syrische Bürgerkrieg, der mit der monatelangen Schlacht um das kurdische Kobane zuletzt den Nordosten des Landes und das unmittelbare Grenzgebiet zur Türkei erfasste, gefährdet auch den Friedensprozess zwischen der Türkei und der aufständischen Kurdischen Arbeiterpartei (PKK). Noch könnten beide Seiten den Konflikt beenden, der in den vergangenen 30 Jahren mehr als 30.000 Menschen das Leben gekostet hat.

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Turkey and Russia’s Complicated Relationship

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to expert Eleonora Tafuro, a research fellow at ISPI, to make sense of the complicated relationship between Russia and Turkey that has veered from collaborative to adversarial, often landing somewhere in between.

Russia and Turkey’s complex relationship sometimes baffles outside observers. In many respects, Turkey and Russia are fierce competitors: Moscow and Ankara back opposing camps in Libya, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh, and Turkey is a member of NATO – the alliance Russia views as both adversary and threat. Nevertheless, this has not prevented collaboration between the two powers, who share profound economic and cultural ties and have made concerted efforts to deepen diplomatic relations, often to the frustration of Turkey's Western allies. 

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti, a research fellow at ISPI, about Russo-Turkish relations. Eleonora helps unpack the two countries’ complex relationship and sketch out the deep economic and cultural ties connecting them, as well as the numerous sources of tension pitting Ankara against Moscow. She discusses Turkey’s juggling act in balancing relations with the EU and the Kremlin, and how Russo-Turkish relations and soft power shape geopolitics in Central Asia, the Caucasus and Africa. Mainly recorded prior to the massive invasion of Ukraine by Russia in late February, this episode also includes a brief addendum to reflect those events.

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N.B. Please note that this episode was recorded in late January 2022.

For more on Turkish foreign policy, check out our Turkey regional page. For analysis on the Ukraine crisis and its global implications, make sure to explore our Ukraine page and read our latest Q&A: “The Ukraine War: A Global Crisis”.

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