January 13, 2020

Turkey weighs challenges, benefits of NATO membership

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: Asia Times

Journalist Tatiana Kanunnikova

Early in December, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on NATO allies to brand the Kurdish militias who fought against Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria as terrorists. The matter concerns the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which has links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The latter is an outlawed political and militant organization, the initial aim of which was to achieve an independent Kurdish state. As a reference, to date, Kurds account for 18% of Turkey’s population and are the largest ethnic minority in Syria.

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  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...