Prof Dr. Sencer  İmer: Trump To Cooperate In Gülen Issue

Professor Sencer Imer to Aljoumhouria:

Turkish Constitutional Reform Will Not Pass & Trump To Cooperate In Gülen Issue

Mey Alsayegh /Aljoumhouria

January 11 2017

Turkey has been passing in a very critical period ,and it is counting on the upcoming Trump administration to resume its special ties with the U.S. , that have been especially strained in the late-Obama era, as the U.S. has been reluctant to extradite U.S.-based leader Fethullah Gülen , who is accused of masterminding  the failed attempt coup on July 15, and amid Washington’s backing of YPG in northern Syria.

Two  problematic issues will be figured out in a different way as Trump  arrives at the White House ,according to Professor Sencer Imer at Hacettepe university in Ankara, who expects that constitutional reform will not pass in the Turkish parliament and consequently , there will be no referendum.

He says:” The concentration of terrorist actions against Turkey is the last efforts carried out by groups supported by outside powers”, hinting to circles within Obama administration, who wants to “complicate issues and play their last cards before Trump is in charge” .

He adds:” Terrorist groups cannot exist without the help of the outside, to overcome terrorism threats posed by ISIS and PKK, Turkey must work inside and outside and enhance cooperation with Russia , USA , Iran and even Egypt and Israel”.

Professor Imer points out that Turkish military operation in Syria and Iraq are disturbing  some changes, that has been planned in the Middle East and that will lead to fragmentation of those countries”, adding that  fragmentation of the Middle East is the goal of Israel ,and expecting that central governments  will be able to restore power in Syria and Iraq.

He says:”Unity of these countries will be kept ,their unity is important for Turkey and the canton story is in favor of Israel and America who are helping YPG in Northern Syria”.

Professor Imer stresses that  stability in Turkey depends on keeping the balance in its relations with NATO, USA  Europe and Russia. He seems very optimistic that in the coming future and due to Turkey friendship with Russia , Ankara will increase cooperation with Syrian regime and Iraq, believing that Turkey operation at Al- Bab in Syria ,and its intervention in Iraq are legitimate actions to prevent the establishment of a corridor for YPG and PKK.

He says: “we have to wait for Trump to be in White House, Trump behavior related to Syrian conflict is acceptable in terms of not wanting to change the regime and focusing instead on fighting ISIS”.

Taking into account the current indications that Russia and USA will become closer, especially after appointing the  Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, who has strong connection with Russia, to be his secretary of state, Professor Imer projects that this will have a positive influence on Turkey and Syria , considering his country intervention in internal affairs in Syria a mistake.

At the same time, he expects that the new American administration will be more cooperative in Gülen issue, they may not extradite him and leave the case to judicial procedures but we may witness a new bases of this problematic situation.

Regarding the American support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, Professor Imer believes that this will change and Washington will not be able to support PYD and YPG , because it  contradicts  the interest of Moscow.

Professor Imer does not agree that Iran is trying to sabotage the Astana talks on Syria  because its interest that Assad will remain in power and Hezbollah is safe. He says :”Who is not happy now is the Americans and Russia and Turkey should wait to Trump administration who will be welcomed to contribute in these efforts to reach to a settlement for the Syrian crisis”.

Threat to secular life style

Professor Imer points out that there is a great concern that what happened at New year’s Eve is planned and very well organized , because they chose Reina guests who were from Upper class , the message in my opinion is to prevent tourists from coming to Turkey , and not to invest and nowadays we can see how the Turkish lira is deteriorating.

He adds :” ISIS is not working alone, it is a puppet, Trump in his campaign accused Clinton of creating ISIS to avoid sending American boots on the ground.

Professor Imer admits that Ak party in some aspects enhanced Islamic concepts, but in Istanbul  particularly, there are secularists and religious people and Salafi movements that don’t grow alone, they are supported by the west, look at Egypt and Lebanon , you have the same issue”.

He says: “misunderstanding shouldn’t lead  to fighting , and intolerance doesn’t

bring peace, we can turn the tide by having better education from elementary school and  redistribution of wealth and resources”.

In parallel, Professor Imer wonders why the Turkish government is hurrying up in trails of those accused in the coup attempt ,and is skeptical of the link between trails and changing the regime from parliamentarian to presidential.

Professor Imer expects that the constitutional reform will not succeed ,and it will not pass in the parliament , concluding that Turkey will not reach to referendum, because in his opinion the voting will be secret and some AK party Mps are against this reform.


AUTHOR : Mey Al Sayegh /  Aljoumhouria



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Mey Al Sayegh

Mey AL Sayegh
Senior Correspondent and International news editor@ ALjoumhouria newspaper

I work as a senior international news editor and correspondent at Aljoumhouria newspaper (Lebanese Arabic daily). In my articles, I focus on international conflicts and development, diplomatic issues and conduct interviews with foreign ambassadors to Lebanon and senior officials.
At the technical level, I am qualified to use computer and research engines properly and I am active on social media as well.
My native language is Arabic and most of my articles are written in this language. I also write articles and analysis in English language for SFPA, SAC- Slovakia think- tank.
I believe that the expert in anything was once a beginner, that what I learned from my experience as a journalist since 2007.I realized that being passionate of my work and the high sense of responsibility are the key points in my success. I walked my way bearing in my mind that my articles (English &Arabic) should not be boring or written in a press release form; they should reflect a human sense.
In parallel, I developed a wide network of public relations and been very active in advocating voluntary for the causes I believe in, even though it was not part of my daily tasks at Aljoumhouria newspaper and Tatwir Center for Studies.
As a result, I have been invited to a large number of countries to cover different topics, ranging from international politics (Geneva 2 on Syria) to development issues, and appointed as a member of Media network for Blue peace in the Middle East.

A list of most important certificates i have got from United States Department of State(International visitor Leadership Program June 16- July 4 2014)
Media for development program (2012-2013)
Reporting the EU training (2013-2014)

Senior Correspondent
Aljoumhouria newspaper
January 2014 – Present (2 years 3 months)missions abroad
The Geneva II Conference on Syria coverage- for ALjoumhouruia newspaper (January - February 2014 )
The Reform process in Jordan coverage - exclusive invitation from His Royal Highness prince Alhassan Bin Talal.(February 2014)
1 honor or award
Senior international and diplomatic news editor
Aljoumhouria newspaper
January 2011 – Present (5 years 3 months)zalka
January 2011 to date
Head of International news department/ Aljoumhouria newspaper (
- News reporting, Feature writing, Investigative reporting,
Editing, Research and Fact- checking, Conducting interviews
- Covering international and regional conferences

April 25 - May 10 2012
-Conducted Training for editors @ Aljoumhouria website

December 2013 to date
Freelancer -Conducting researches and interviews / Tatwir Center for Studies – Beirut- Lebanon ( Arabic – English)

June 2012 till June 2013
Freelancer writer at Slovakian media (Blizkyychod Media)
(articles covering middle east issues written in English(

June 2013 to date
Freelancer writer at think- tank SFPA, SAC- Slovakia (English language)

May 2007 –September 2009:
International news editor - Al-akhbar newspaper – Verdun
Lebanon (

- International visitor leadership program on Investigative Journalism /United States of State of Department(July 4 2014)

- Media neighborhood training – BBC /Reporting the European Union (May 2014)

- Multimedia and social network /Agence France-Press AFP, Canal France International (CFI), UNDP , Montpellier ,France(October 2013)

Member at Lebanese Editors Syndicate
- Investigative Reporters and Editors - IRE
( June 9, 2014 – June 2015)
- Blue peace Media Network

Workshops and conferences:
April 2011-till 2013
- Media for Development workshop /UNDP /AFP (Training sessions/ field visits / Sarajevo conference on civil war)

March 2013 to present:
- Blue peace conferences - Istanbul, Jordan, Geneva.
- Field trips :The Rhine river - Switzerland - September 2013/ Mekong river in Cambodia and Laos- November 2014/ Senegal river -August 2015

June 2013 / February 2014
- The 5th Wana Forum (The Uprooted) - Jordan.
- Reform process in Jordan.

November 2013
Coverage of Regional and Municipal elections and Green Economy in Denmark