Monday, October 31, 2011

IRCPPS in the Links: Assessing Turkey's Support of the Free Syrian Army

The Monkey Cage takes a look at what the security literature has to say about Turkey's support of the Free Syrian Army:
...Ultimately, research tells us that if the Free Syrian Army is the real deal, then Turkey’s provision of sanctuary heightens the risk of protracted civil war breaking out in Syria. Before this development, civil war was already a risk. But now the risk is much higher. Before territorial protection, the group was no more than a radical flank accompanying a nonviolent campaign. But their new sanctuary will certainly help them build their strength, if not their operational effectiveness, to become a full-blown insurgency....