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Turkey, Syria and the Western Strategic Imperative


The escalation of the turmoil and violence in Syria, coupled with the tense military confrontation along the Turkish-Syrian border, underscore the marked deterioration of the strategic environment in Turkey's Middle Eastern and Mediterranean neighbourhoods. Of all Syria's neighbours, 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, 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.

Paper produced within the framework of the project Turkey, Europe and the World. Publ. in IAI Research Paper 9.

Publ. also as: "Turkey and Syria: The Middle Eastern Risks NATO Cannot Ignore", in On Turkey Series, 16 July 2012, 3 p.

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