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 the 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 for Turkey of the Syrian situation make it one of the most difficult foreign policy challenges that Ankara has ever had to face.
© 2012 European Policy Centre (EPC)
Joshua W Walker