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Turkish foreign policy and the Arab Spring

15 July 2011
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Demir Murat Seyrek (Senior Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy)



In this Commentary, Amanda Paul and Demir Murat Seyrek offer an insight into the increasingly important role that Turkey is playing in its Middle East neighbourbood, further consolidating its influence and how Ankara is demonstrating itself to be a key partner of the West in dealing with the democratic transformation of the region. While Turkey, as others, was not prepared for the Arab Spring, Ankara is now meeting the challenge head-on. Turkey is host to a key meeting of the Libya Contact Group on 15-16 July in Istanbul where a number of Turkish proposals will be discussed, while at the same time Ankara is carrying out active shuttle diplomacy between all the different players, as well a other key powers, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are of significant important in guaranteeing regional stability.

Turkish foreign policy and the Arab Spring