Turkey, Syria and the Western Strategic Imperative
The escalation of violence in Syria, coupled with the military confrontation along the Turkish-Syrian border, underscore the deterioration of the strategic environment in Turkey's neighborhoods. Of all Syria's neighbors, Turkey may have the biggest stake in the outcome of an increasingly desperate internal struggle. The evolution of the Syrian conflict, and its broader regional consequences, this commentary argues, will have important implications for Ankara’s regional role, and the future of Turkish-Western relations. The repair of the Turkish-Western strategic relationship is no longer optional, but essential for both sides.
© 2012 Istituto Affari Internazionali
Ian O Lesser