Project on Syria-Turkey Relations

In partnership with the Department of Political Science, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, the Centre has received a British Academy grant to study the Syrian-Turkish relationship.

Three workshops have been held, in Ankara in June 2009 at METU, in Damascus in November 2010 at the Damascus Centre for Political and Economic Studies and in St Andrews in summer 2011 (see reports below).



Participants in the project included the following scholars:

Ozlem Tur, Raymond Hinnebusch, Philip Robins, Berna Suer, Aysegul Kibaroglu, Ozden Zeynep Oktav, Marwa Daoudy, Ozgur Ozdamar, Meliha Altunisik, Ahmet Han, Mustafa Aydan, Sami Moubayed, Marwan Kabalan, Samir Seifan, Samir al-Taqi, Abdul Salem Haykal, Riad Daoudi, Reem Abou El-Fadl, and Yasmine Ababka


Papers and topics

Papers and topics treated in these workshops included a framework of analysis and papers on specific aspects of the relation, including the Kurdish issue, business relations, water conflict and cooperation, Syria-Turkey conflict resolution processes, and the role of leadership and domestic politics in the relationship.


Report on Workshops

Workshop in Turkey-Syria Relations, Middle East Technical University/Ankara, June 17-19, 2009 .

Papers were given by Professor Hinnebusch, who presented a framework for analysing Turkey-Syria relations, and by several Turkish scholars on different aspects of the relation, which will be revised for publication at a later date. These included papers on the Kurdish issue, business relations, water conflict and cooperation, the role of Iran in the relationship and Turkish domestic politics and the relationship. Turkish scholars involved were Ozlem Tur, Berna Suer, Aysegul Kibaroglu, Ozden Zeynep Oktav, Ozgur Ozdamar, Meliha Altunisik, Ahmet Han and Mustafa Aydan.


Workshop on Turkey-Syria Relations, Centre for Political and Economic Studies, Damascus, November 10-11, 2010.

Presentations were made by Raymond Hinnebusch, Marwan Kabalan, Sami Moubayed, Ozlem Tur, Aysegul Kibaroglu, Riad Daoudi, Berna Suer, Ahmet Han, Zeynep Oktav and Workshop Syria-Turkey Nov 2010 on the geopolitics of the relationship, the personal leadership element, the identity changes facilitating the move from enmity to amity; a conflict-resolution explanation, business relationships from both the Turkish and Syrian perspectives, water issues and the Turkish domestic politics dimension of the relationship (the AKP).


Syria-Turkey Conference, St. Andrews, 7-9 July 2011 

An international conference on Syrian-Turkey relations was held at the University of St. Andrews 7-9 July 2011 under the joint collaboration of the University of St Andrew’s School of International Relations, the Department of Political Science at Middle East Technical University, Ankara and the British Academy.

Syria-Turkey Conference Programme 2011

Conference on Syrian-Turkish relations


The Book

A book, Turkey-Syria Relations: Between Enmity and Amity, assembling the final papers and findings of the participants in the project is published by Ashgate Publishing Group.



There is a small but important body of literature on the Syrian-Turkey relationship posted here. We welcome postings by scholars who have done work on the issue. Send these to Omar Imady


Review by Dr. Gülriz Şen (2014) – Raymond Hinnebusch and Özlem Tür: Turkey-Syria Relations: Between Enmity and Amity, (Ashgate, 2013).

James, Carolyn C. and Ozgur Ozdamar (2009), ” Modeling Foreign Policy And Ethnic Conflict: Turkey’s Policies Towards Syria.”

Moubayed, Sami (2008), “Turkish-Syrian Relations: The Erdogan Legacy.”

Kent, Selin (2007), “The Underlying Causes of the Post-1998 Turkish-Syrian Strategic Partnership.”

Altunisuik, Meliha and Ozlem Tur (2006), ” From Distant Neighbours to Partners? Changing Syrian-Turkish Relations.”

Aras, Bulent (2005).

Aydin, Mustafa and Damla Aras (2005), “Political Conditionality Of Economic Relations Between Paternalist States: Turkey’s Interaction With Iran, Iraq And Syria.”

Aras, Bulent and Hasan Koni (2002), “Turkish-Syrian Relations Revisited.”


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