Global Insider: Turkey-Syria Relations

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The Turkish government has responded to Syria’s ongoing crackdown against protesters by engaging with Bashir al-Assad’s government and urging it to commit to reforms. In an email interview, Malik Mufti, a professor of international relations at Tufts University, discussed Turkish-Syrian relations. WPR: What is the recent history of Turkish-Syrian relations? Malik Mufti: Bilateral relations were poor during the 1990s because of Turkey’s diversion of Euphrates waters and Syria’s sponsorship of the Kurdish PKK rebellion. A Turkish ultimatum in 1998 induced Syria to cut off the PKK, however, and the enhancement of Iraqi Kurdistan’s autonomy following the 2003 U.S. invasion led […]


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