The Rising Costs of Turkey's Syrian Quagmire

TitelThe Rising Costs of Turkey's Syrian Quagmire
Typ der PublikationReport
Publikationsjahr2014
AutorInnenN.N.
Untertitel / SerientitelInternational Crisis Group Europe Report N°230
Pagination54pp.
InstitutionInternational Crisis Group
StadtGaziantep/Istanbul/Brussels
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The Syrian crisis crashed onto neighbouring Turkey’s doorstep three years ago and the humanitarian, policy and security costs continue to rise. After at least 720,000 Syrian refugees, over 75 Turkish fatalities and nearly $3 billion in spending, frustration and fatigue are kicking in. Turkey’s humanitarian outreach, while morally right and in line with international principles, remains an emergency response. Ankara needs to find a sustainable, long-term arrangement with the international community to care for the Syrians who arrive daily. While spared the worst of the sectarian and military spillover, Turks are reminded of the security risks by deadly car bombs and armed incidents on their territory, especially as northern Syria remains an unpredictable no-man’s-land. The conflict was not of its making, but Ankara has in effect become a party. Unable to make a real difference by itself, it should focus on protecting its border and citizens, invigorate recent efforts to move back from the ruling party’s Sunni Muslim-oriented foreign policy to one of sectarian neutrality and publicly promote a compromise political solution in Syria. Download

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