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Turkey’s Drones: Assessing Capability, Goals and Implications

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With its rapid expansion of domestic development and production, Turkey is increasingly considered an emerging drone power. Turkey’s use of armed UAVs in conflict zones such as Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, northern Iraq and the Eastern Mediterranean has spurred the rise of drone warfare across the region. This shift is contributing to a regional environment in which countries intervene in conflicts with assumed lower risks and political ramifications, but with the ability to still project power and significantly influence developments on the ground.

This event will provide deeper insights into Turkey’s calculations and ambitions for its drone programme, as well as implications for the region and for the proliferation and usage of drones in conflict zones.

Opening remarks: Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Senior Research Fellow and lead of the Unpacking the MENA programme, RUSI

The panel speakers:

This event is in partnership with RUSI and is open to all. The event is being held on Zoom, please register before 27 May 2021. If you have any questions please email Sabrina Downey at [email protected]

The Circle Foundation in partnership with Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) organised an event on Turkey’s Drones. The webinar, titled Turkey’s Drones: Assessing Capability, Goals and Implications, was moderated by Ziya Meral, senior associate fellow at RUSI, and featured several prominent experts including Haluk Bayraktar, the CEO of Turkish drone-maker Baykar; Ash Rossiter, associate fellow at RUSI; Ulrike Franke, senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR); and Can Kasapoglu, director of the Security and Defense Research Program at EDAM, an Istanbul-based think tank. The webinar has discussed Turkey’s calculations and ambitions for its drone program, as well as implications for the region and for the proliferation and usage of drones in conflict zones.

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