Sibel Düz completed her BA in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2013. Her main research interests include military & strategic studies, countering violent extremism (CVE) and terrorism (CT).
Southern Türkiye was jolted by twin earthquakes on February 6 that caused unprecedented devastation across an extremely vast area, impacting 11 provinces. Almost on par with the scale of the devastation, Türkiye has also received a huge amount of humanitarian aid from many countries with which Türkiye both has cordial and strained relations. In light of the considerable level of solidarity showcased by many countries, it is still unclear whether this atmosphere of solidarity and amicability will translate into tangible outcomes in the respective bilateral relations between Türkiye and these nations. Likewise, it is also unclear whether the solidarity displayed by countries with which Türkiye had tense relations until the earthquakes will cause a thaw in bilateral ties and lead to a new chapter in relations. We asked foreign policy experts to weigh in on these questions.
In this report in the first section, the emerging unmanned military platforms
and smart systems produced by Turkey and their impact on military norms and
practices in several conflict areas will be discussed. In the second section, the
questions of how these technologies are shaping Turkey’s ties with buyer countries, trends, and competition in the drone market will be answered
We asked them to evaluate the existing relationship and at the same time assess Turkey’s future role in the strategic alliance. Lastly, each of the experts also provided several policy recommedations for both parties.
When did the journey of the Bayraktar AKINCI UCAV begin? What were the successes of Bayraktar AKINCI during its development process? What are the advanced and technical specifications of Bayraktar AKINCI? Which operational capabilities of Bayraktar AKINCI come to the fore? What kind of capability transformation will AKINCI introduce to the TAF?