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Turkey and the New Middle East

27 July 2012
Gökhan Bacik (External authors)


The new Kurdish geopolitics is expected to force a new paradigm on Turkey. Since it is beyond Turkey’s capacity to curtail the ‘more autonomy’ demand of Kurds in the region, Ankara’s inevitable policy is to develop a new strategy of peaceful coexistence with autonomous Kurdish regions in countries like Iraq and Syria, writes Gökhan Bacik of Zirve University in this EPC Commentary.

Given the rise of the Maliki government in Baghdad – a regime more aligned with Iran and hostile to Ankara – Turkey’s only option is to consolidate its relations with the Sunni Kurds. However, it is open to question whether Turkey would find the same strategy reasonable for the Syrian Kurds too. In other words, Turkey's success will be determined by Ankara’s ability to work with the existing and the embryonic Kurdish autonomous regions in the Middle East, Bacik concludes.

Turkey and the New Middle East