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A Turkish Perspective on the Rise of the Islamic Caliphate 1 septembre 2014

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EDAM Discussion Paper Series 2014/6, 1 September 2014

Sinan Ulgen & F. Doruk Ergun *

In their paper entitled “A Turkish perspective on the rise of the Islamic Caliphate”, Sinan Ulgen and Doruk Ergun elaborate on the challenges posed by ISIL and analyze Turkey’s potential role in the containment of ISIL. Much of the recent analysis focusing on ISIL fails to underline the depth of the concern that the rise of Islamic extremism generates in neighbouring Turkey. The apparent reason for failing to capture this acute sense of alarm is the ambivalent public rhetoric of the Turkish authorities on ISIL. Ankara may not discriminated enough among the different factions of the Syrian opposition in the past. But today the Turkish government’s perspective on ISIL has changed radically. The attack on the Turkish consulate in Mosul three months ago that has led to the capture of 49 of Turkey’s diplomatic staff by the ISIL militants was certainly a factor. But Ankara is equally concerned about the security and geopolitical implications of the potentially game changing nature of the Islamic Caliphate.

* Sinan Ulgen Chairman, EDAM. F. Doruk Ergun Research Fellow, EDAM

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