The online panel with the main theme “Turkey’s Relations with the Global Powers in Syria” was held in 22.09.2020, at 19.30 by DİPAM. In the online panel, under the moderation of DİPAM Vice President Ahmet İŞCAN, Medeniyet University Head of International Relations Department Prof. Dr. Özden Zeynep OKTAV, Nişantaşı University Head of International Relations Department Dr. Savaş BİÇER and journalist and President of the Turkish-Arab Media Association Turan KIŞLAKÇI participated as speakers.
Ahmet İŞCAN by introduced the speakers and launched the panel where the main issue was Syria. He pointed out that the Syrian issue has been very closely related to Turkey in every sense since 2011. He noted that Turkey has been affected by the Syrian issue with very serious consequences because it has a long and wide land border with Syria. In particular, he stated that the issue of migration, which is one of the biggest problems for both Turkey and the whole world, and the fact that the structures in North of Syria threaten Turkey’s security, have made the Syrian issue a focus for Turkey. İŞCAN, who sees Syria as the most concrete area where Turkey has started to produce a foreign policy beyond the system for the first time, he noted that Turkey has carried out very serious operations in Syria in order to ensure its national security and has made many gains as a result. İŞCAN, concerned that the softening and ceasefire situation in Idlib, which has appeared concrete since 5th March 2020, could leave its place in the conflict after the start of Russian bombardments that began in recent days, he asked the speakers for their opinion on this issue. He also said that Russia was preparing a major operation in the region with the support of Iran, and asked the speakers about the possibility that this could lead to a state of conflict.