Metin Gurcan

Relatives mourn at the funeral of Ayhan Arik, a victim of a New Year's Eve attack by a gunman on the Reina nightclub, in Istanbul, Jan. 1, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

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'Devotees of Death' headed for Turkey

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey offers the ideal destination for foreign terrorist fighters to blend in after being forced out of Syria and Iraq.

Does New Year's nightclub attack signal tough year ahead for Turkey?

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

As transnational networks of the Islamic State come under increasing pressure in Iraq and Syria, they are likely to shift to Turkey, while Ankara still gives priority to the Kurdistan Workers Party.

Russia pleased with deepening US-Turkey rift over Syria

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Russia is cleverly filling the void created by the estrangement between the United States and Turkey.

Russia scores diplomacy points by mentoring Kazakhstan on Mideast

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

As the United States appears to be slipping out of the Middle East diplomacy picture, Russia is sharing the spotlight with its ally Kazakhstan in Syrian negotiations.

Is Turkey turning its stern on the West in the Black Sea?

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

The regional power balance could change if Russia and Turkey carry their rapprochement in Syria to the Black Sea.

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Metin Gurcan is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse. He served in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq as a Turkish military adviser between 2002-2008. Resigned from the military, he is now an Istanbul-based independent security analyst. Gurcan obtained his PhD in May 2016, with a dissertation on changes in the Turkish military over the last decade. He has been published extensively in Turkish and foreign academic journals and his book titled “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan: Understanding Counterinsurgency in Tribalized, Rural, Muslim Environments” was published in August 2016. On Twitter: @Metin4020

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