“International community” to use Turkey as a “credible source” for Syrian intervention
During the Q & A at a recent Project on Middle East Democracy panel discussion on “Turkish Democracy: A Model Abroad, Troubled at Home?” panelists Ambassador Ross Wilson, director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council; Sinan Ciddi, executive director of the Institute of Turkish Studies; and Howard Eissenstat, Amnesty International’s Turkey country specialist, responded to a question concerning the prospect of military intervention in Syria:
[Wilson] said that while “military-led regime change” is not an option, Turkey may be looking at setting up humanitarian corridors in the periphery. Ciddi concurred and said that any intervention would involve the use of Turkey as a “credible source” and said that through support of the international community, Turkey’s apprehension of intervening would be alleviated. Eissenstat “does not see the Turkish military going across the border,” but noted the extent to which the intervention movement was supported by some constituencies in the AKP base.