Rıfat Öncel graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Department of International Relations in 2014. He is currently studying on his master thesis at Middle East Technical University Department of International Relations. His areas of research include Iraqi politics, violent non-state actors, radicalism, and religion and nationalism in the Middle East. He is working as a research assistant in SETA Ankara Security Studies Department.
This work aims to provide a timely and accessible assessment of the challenges awaiting Turkey in 2019. Hence, SETA Security Radar: Turkey’s Security Landscape in 2019 pertains to the following topics: Turkey’s role in Syria, Turkey’s counterterrorism strategy, Turkey’s military activism, the Turkish defense agenda, Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean, and Turkey’s bilateral relations with the United States and Russia.
After U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. soldiers from Syria and his ensuing statements where he attributes the strong positive role that Turkey would play in the fight with remnants of Daesh, many analysts in Western media have expressed their doubts.