Intervention fever: The politics of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch

Author
Deniz Çıtak
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
Volume
7
Issue Number
0
Publication Date
2018
Institution
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Abstract
On January 20, 2018 at 17:00 local time, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) entered Afrin, a city in northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named the military operation “Operation Olive Branch” (Zeytin Dalı Harekâtı) for the region’s many olive trees. According to Turkey, the operation does not violate international law because the operation was against the PYD and YPG as an act of self-defense, aiming to guarantee the security of Turkey’s borders. For Turkey, the links between the PKK and Syrian Kurdish groups classify Kurdish activity in northern Syria as a threat to Turkey’s domestic security.
Topic
Security, Foreign Policy, Military Intervention, Conflict, Syrian War, Kurds
Political Geography
Turkey, Middle East, Syria