Writing Armageddon

Writing Armageddon
Furious writing or writing furiously?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Syria-Turkey: A Dangerous Dyad

Syria-Turkey: A Dangerous Dyad
Konstantinos Travlos, PhD

Turkish artillery on the Syria border. Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/mritems/Images/2016/2/14/cc6d643a6b0649d2b166f9848cb26d9c_18.jpg

The recent militarized interstate dispute between Syria andTurkey , as well as the ongoing opposition between President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria, has raised questions of how likely are we to see an escalation. Turkish troops are present in Syria, and Turkey together with Saudi Arabia are among the most important supporters of the Syrian anti-regime forces.  To get a handle on that question I will once more use the Steps to War framework developed by Paul Senese and John A. Vasquez to evaluate the presence of conflict fostering factors in the Syria-Turkey dyad. This is similar to previous analyses on the Azerbaijan-Armenia dyad, and the Russia-Turkey dyad conducted by the contributor.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Conference Announcement

We invite proposals for the Sixth Eurasian Peace Science Conference which will take place on to March 17-18,2017 at Özyeğin University in Istanbul, Turkey. The Conference's goals are to broaden cooperation among Eurasian and Middle Eastern peace science scholars, encourage interaction with the worldwide peace science community, and bring together research on conflict and peace-related topics from throughout the world.

All aspects of the peace science field are welcome, including: (a) empirical and theoretical analyses of peace, political violence and peaceful resolution, (b) dataset presentations on conflict and peace-related topics, (c) economic and political causes and consequences of international and domestic violence encompassing war, ethnic conflict, and terrorism, (d) contemporary regional conflicts in Eurasia and Middle East, (e) security and foreign policy, (f) conflict analysis, management, and resolution, and (g) macro and micro level studies of conflict.
All submissions before December 31st, 2016 will be considered for the conference. Proposals after that date will only be considered if there are presentation slots available. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Accommodations for childcare are available.

To submit a proposal please send a 200 word abstract and title to konstantinos.travlos@ozyegin.edu.tr
Department of International Relations, Özyeğin University

Ali Fisunoglu & Konstantinos Travlos (Coordinators)