Divisions within the Turkish security apparatus have intensified after the failed coup attempt in July 2016, forming three main factions. They have competing priorities on Syria and Iraq, and tensions between them are spilling over into Turkey’s internal and external security conduct.
Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan and presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin traveled to Washington, D.C. on 4 May in one of the most public visits by a Turkish delegation in recent years. The visit aimed to tackle three main areas of disagreement between Washington and Ankara.
Turkey has shifted its foreign policy in recent weeks with a dizzying 180-degree turn. Official statements in favor of mending ties with Israel and Russia came in simultaneously, with further improvement with Egypt and a détente with the Syrian regime on the way. These overtures coincided with the departure of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and