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SIB Lecture: Turkey’s Intervention

13 January @ 20:00 - 22:00

On Monday the 13th of January, we will organise our next monthly lecture! Every month we touch upon another, often hot, topic with interesting speakers. We have been able to welcome ministers and professors, politicians and scientists and many more. These lectures are often visited by both members and non-members as they are accessible to all.

This time, we are organising our lecture around the topic of Turkey’s intervention in the northeastern part of Syria. Since 2017, Turkey has completed two operations (Operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch) and it’s currently conducting its third one (Operation Peace Spring). The aim of Turkey is to clear its borders from what it perceives as terrorist organisations, such as Daesh/ISIS and the Syrian-Kurdish YPG/PYD. The progress could be perceived as successful as the YPG/PYD honours a deal to retreat back from the 30-kilometer zone, or the “Peace Corridor”. Consequently, Turkey would be able to facilitate the return of around one-third of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees that it currently hosts, due to the armed conflict in Syria. Meanwhile, the YPG/PYD has called for help from the SAA, the Armed Forces of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

During this lecture, we are going to look into Turkey’s intervention. Specifically, we are going to look into the motivations behind Turkey’s intervention. What are the reasons behind and the consequences of Turkey’s intervention on a domestic, regional, and international level? From the perspective of international law, should we call the intervention a counterterrorism intervention or an illegitimate intervention? And what are the reactions from the international community? These, more and of course your own questions will be answered during this lecture.

After the lecture, there is a Q&A session with the speakers. The speakers will be announced in the Facebook event later.

Access is free if you have a valid student card. If you’re not a student anymore, you can visit the lecture for only 5 euros! You can pick up your ticket at the CREA desk.

Afterward, we’ll have drinks together and invite you to join us in the CREA café!


13 January
20:00 - 22:00


Nieuwe Achtergracht 170
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