Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood
Two years into the Syrian Civil War, the U.S. and Turkey have been closely coordinating their efforts to bring about regime change in Damascus. But this policy of regime change in a neighboring country is fraught with grave dangers both for Turkey and the U.S. Not only does this ongoing war threaten Turkey’s carefully nurtured image of a stable country, but the further radicalization of the armed opposition groups cast aside the hopes of a pluralistic post-Assad Syria. Ankara’s unconditional support to Sunni militant groups in Syria carries the risk of inflaming sectarian divisions all across the Middle East.