Metin Gurcan

Members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army patrol in the border town of Jarablus, Syria, Aug. 31, 2016. (photo by Defne Karadeniz/Getty Images)

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Turkey might seek more than mere reconstruction in northern Syria

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey’s ambitious and costly reconstruction projects in the Jarablus/al-Rai/al-Bab triangle of northern Syria suggest comprehensive society-building.

Turkey tells a story with major military personnel moves

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey's military council made some surprise decisions this week that provide insight into the president's re-election strategy.

US, NATO wait to see if Russia-Turkey defense deal goes through

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey’s recent move to acquire a Russian S-400 missile defense system has raised eyebrows in the United States, as Moscow looks on with a smile.

Turkey flexing military muscle in Qatar

Monday, Jul. 24, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Turkey is signaling a shift to "hard power" foreign policy by incrementally building its military presence in Qatar to a brigade-level force.

Military setbacks don't ensure Islamic State's demise

Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

The Islamic State's loss of territory in Iraq and Syria is accompanied by opponents' cheers of a military victory — but is it really victory?

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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 from 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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