Erdogan with map, Photo: UI

Following Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria, the de facto autonomous region controlled by the Kurdish-led SDF seems to have come to an end. Turkey, wanting to establish a safe zone to secure Turkey’s border with Syria and resettle a substantial share of the 3,6 million Syrian refugees it is hosting, is currently patrolling the border areas along with Russian military police.

The incursion, formally called ‘Operation Peace Spring’, seem to have strengthened the position of president Erdoğan domestically in Turkey, while internationally it has been condemned.

What are Turkey’s long-term goals in the region? Will Turkey be able to continue its balancing act between the US and Russia? What lies ahead for the Kurds and other communities in northeastern Syria? How does the Turkish incursion affect the prospects for a peaceful solution to its own ‘Kurdish problem’?


Amberin Zaman, Senior correspondent, Al-Monitor, former Turkey correspondent at The Economist between 1999-2016.

Galip Dalay, Visiting Scholar, Oxford University, Brookings Doha Center and SWP Berlin

Cengiz Çandar, Author and Associate Fellow at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

The seminar will be moderated by Paul T. Levin, Director of the Stockholm Institute for Turkish Studies.


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This seminar is a cooperation between the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies.