Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The Conflict in Syria and Iraq: A Turkish Perspective

31 October 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Onur Oymen, Defence and Political Analyst, Turkish Permanent Representative to NATO (1997-2002) 
Dr E Haldun Solmazturk, Academy Turkey Senior Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House
Chair: Fadi Hakura, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House



Despite the political, military and other measures taken by the United States and other members of the international coalition, the crisis caused by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria continues to escalate with no end in sight. Turkey’s geographical location and ties to the region as a whole make it the key country for any intervention to succeed. However Turkey has its own problems; making its participation in an international coalition against IS a complicated and challenging affair. 

This expert roundtable will discuss the domestic, international and military parameters and constraints of a potential Turkish involvement in a longer-term international initiative to fight IS.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.