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An Evolving Challenge: Deconstructing Turkey’s Syria Policy


Turkey’s refusal to play a bigger role in resolving the conflict raging on its border between ISIS and the Kurds – in the absence of a guaranteed regime change in Syria – is a risky bet

As the civil war in Syria drags on and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to unleash violence across the Middle East, Turkey finds itself in a difficult position. The foreign policy of the ruling Justice and Development and Party (AKP) towards its southern neighbour has shifted markedly over the past decade. It has moved from treating Syria as an ally that opened the doors to the oil-rich Gulf to trying to salvage President Bashar Al-Assad’s government upon

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