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Turkey and U.S. Agree to Deconfliction Zone Operating Center, Avert Unilateral Turkish Incursion

August 7, 2019

Episode Notes:

This morning, the U.S. and Turkey agree on a Syria "safe zone" operating center, averting an apparently imminent unilateral Turkish military intervention in the north of Syria. Talks started after Turkey said repeatedly it preparing for a unilateral invasion against the Kurdish YPG militia based in Syria.

Aaron Stein, Director of the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, joins the WarCast to discuss the details and explore the deep structural challenges that beset the goal of stabilization.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:53 ] The Turkish threat to unilaterally military incursion
[ 2:21 ] The current talks and the announcement
[ 4:17 ] Safe zone: Devil's in the details
[ 6:14 ] Fundamental incompatibility of threat perceptions

Twitter: @aaronstein1

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