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Turkey: Reengagement with the Middle East?

Phillips, Christopher (2010) Turkey: Reengagement with the Middle East? International Affairs at LSE (19 Feb 2010). Website.

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Turkey’s reengagement with the Middle East in recent years has been widely misunderstood. The AKP government’s perceived falling out with long-standing ally Israel, its drawing closer to Syria, Iraq and Iran, and a seemingly less enthusiastic approach to EU accession has led many to conclude that Ankara is shifting Eastwards in its foreign relations priorities. Yet this reorientation should not be over-exaggerated. Far from abandoning old alliances in the West for new friendships in the Muslim world, Turkey is instead settling into a new role as a regional power that was thrust on it after the power vacuum produced by the Iraq war and a decade of economic growth.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Author(s)
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:27

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