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Analysing the Turkish Military Offensive in Syria

9 February 2018 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm



Fadi Hakura, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Dr Christopher Phillips, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



Recent air and ground assaults on the Syrian town of Afrin, including air strikes and shelling, have so far displaced an estimated 5,000 people. The government of Turkey have been considering military action in the northern region of Syria for some time, focusing on Afrin and Manbij, which are under the control of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) - whom Turkey considers a terrorist group. So why has this action been taken now and what were the critical events leading to it?

This webinar unpacks the causes behind the military advance and its effect on the ground in Syria. As the YPG is considered a key US ally in the war against ISIS, what does this mean for Turkish relations with America and with NATO at large? And as this situation continues to develop, what is the likely international response?

Please note, this event is online only. Members will be able to watch the webinar from a computer or other internet-ready device and do not need to come to Chatham House to attend.

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