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Turkey, Russia and Iran in the Middle EastSyria, the Kurds and the End of the Turkish-American Alliance

Turkey, Russia and Iran in the Middle East: Syria, the Kurds and the End of the Turkish-American... [This chapter will analyze the central role of the Kurdish issue in Syria in turning Turkish-American relations from a strategic alliance to a strategic predicament. It will argue that the American decision to support the YPG—a Kurdish militia in Syria linked with the PKK—has had three major consequences. First, a devastating impact on Turkey's Kurdish policy at home. Second, a major deterioration in Turkish-American relations. And third, a military rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow. Until the US decision to arm and support the Kurds, Ankara and Washington tried hard to compartmentalize their differences in the Syrian conflict. What is often unnoticed is that Turkey's image has also suffered tremendously in the eyes of the US military due to Ankara's tacit support of Jihadist groups in Syria. As a result, Syria has become ground zero for the two NATO partners. And the main beneficiary of such Turkish-American discord has been Moscow.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Turkey, Russia and Iran in the Middle EastSyria, the Kurds and the End of the Turkish-American Alliance

Editors: Balci, Bayram; Monceau, Nicolas

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
ISBN
978-3-030-80290-5
Pages
213 –233
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-80291-2_12
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter will analyze the central role of the Kurdish issue in Syria in turning Turkish-American relations from a strategic alliance to a strategic predicament. It will argue that the American decision to support the YPG—a Kurdish militia in Syria linked with the PKK—has had three major consequences. First, a devastating impact on Turkey's Kurdish policy at home. Second, a major deterioration in Turkish-American relations. And third, a military rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow. Until the US decision to arm and support the Kurds, Ankara and Washington tried hard to compartmentalize their differences in the Syrian conflict. What is often unnoticed is that Turkey's image has also suffered tremendously in the eyes of the US military due to Ankara's tacit support of Jihadist groups in Syria. As a result, Syria has become ground zero for the two NATO partners. And the main beneficiary of such Turkish-American discord has been Moscow.]

Published: Sep 15, 2021

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