war on the rocks

Turkey Threatens Military Incursion Into Kurdish Syria

December 14, 2018

Episode Notes:

Turkey's President Erdogan has declared that he intends to launch a military operation targeting the Kurdish militants in northern Syria sometime within the next few days. If Erdogan follows through, it could further degrade U.S.-Turkey relations, and significantly impact the Syrian conflict at large.

Gönül Tol, Founding Director of The Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies, joins the WarCast to discuss Erdogan's domestic and security goals as well as the challenge of unilaterally entering a zone with ongoing U.S. military operations.

[ 0:18 ] Introduction
[ 0:50 ] What is the target and why
[ 3:10 ] Erdogan's goal
[ 7:42 ] Risks involving the U.S. presence in the zone
[ 10:00 ] Reconciling U.S. and Turkish interests