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9 July 2012

Turkey's Syrian Dilemma

Testing the 'Regional Solutions for Regional Problems' Proposition

Having claimed regional leadership for itself and proclaiming a policy of 'zero problems with neighbors', Ankara’s lofty rhetoric has put Turkey in the international spotlight over Syria. This commentary argues that due to Turkey’s own domestic evolution, and resulting self-confidence vis-à-vis the world, it is uniquely placed to play a decisive role in Syria. At the same time, the domestic and international dimensions of the Syrian conflict make it one of the most difficult foreign policy challenges that Ankara has ever had to face.

© 2012 European Policy Centre (EPC)

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Joshua W Walker

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