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SDF's Arab Majority Rank Turkey as the Biggest Threat to NE Syria: Survey Data on America's Partner Forces

Of all the actors in the Syrian conflict, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are perhaps the most misunderstood party. Five years after the United States decided to partner with the SDF, gaping holes remain in our knowledge about the women and men who defeated the Islamic State (IS).

Towards Long Term Sustainable Solutions to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

UNHCR's new report published this week estimates that by the end of 2018, "almost 70.8 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations.” This is another record high number and a stark reminder of the magnitude of the global refugee crisis.

Investing in Refugee Women is not Just Right and Decent, But Smart

Imagine you are a female professional in your country; a lawyer, teacher, engineer or a photographer. Out of personal, religious or socio-economic reasons, you have to move to an unknown country because you want to resettle in the safe and liberal world whose ideas you embrace. Imagine another situation in which you are a housewife, with a primary school education, who got married quite young and established a family with several children but low income. Until the outbreak of the civil war, you had been living in a rural area of Syria with your family.

Dr. Charles King: Past and Present of the Orient Express

Former Wilson Center Fellow Charles King is featured as an expert in the 2019 film “In Search of the Orient Express” by French director Louis Pascal CouvelaireIn a trailer for the film, while traveling on the restored, fast-moving train with the original 19th Century dinnerware, King comments on the history of Europe, Turkey, and the politics of the 1920s and 1930s, during the heyday of the train.

The Turkish War on Afrin Jeopardizes Progress Made Since the Liberation of Raqqa

The Turkish operation in Afrin is not just another battle in a small corner of Syria, but represents a new stage in the Syrian civil war and anti-ISIS campaign. President Erdoğan’s two-month battle to capture Afrin signals that Turkey will no longer act through proxies, but is willing to intervene directly on Syrian territory to crush the Kurdish YPG forces and the experiment in self-rule they are defending.i  Emboldened after claiming victory in Afrin, and enabled by Russia, Erdoğan is threatening further incursions into Syria and Iraq.

U.S.-Turkey Showdown in Syria?

Wilson Center Fellow Amy Austin Holmes discusses recent tensions between the U.S. and Turkey surrounding Turkey’s decision to launch a military offensive against the Syrian district of Afrin, controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). 


Wilson Center Statement on Turkey's Indictment of Dr. Henri Barkey

The Wilson Center continues to express its dismay that the former Director of the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, Dr.