On June 4, the US and Turkey endorsed a roadmap aimed at ensuring the stability and security of Manbij. The question of the control of Manbij has been a long-standing issue between the US and Turkey since the city was captured by the US-backed SDF and Kurdish YPG in late 2016. Following the announcement, the YPG announced that it would withdraw its forces from Manbij. If the plan succeeds, it might resolve one major point of contention in the US-Turkey bilateral relationship, serving as a stepping stone for broadened cooperation between the two NATO allies.
Please join the SETA Foundation at Washington DC for a discussion on this pressing development in northern Syria and how it may affect the US-Turkey bilateral relationship, the Syrian conflict, and status of northern Syria.
Amb. James Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Mark Perry, Author and Foreign Policy Analyst
Bassam Barabandi, Director of External Relations, People Demand Change
Kilic B. Kanat, Research Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington DC
Kadir Ustun, Executive Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington DC
The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) at Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to innovative studies on national, regional, and international issues concerning Turkey and US-Turkey relations.