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Turkey’s foreign policy in free fall
Problems with four neighbors
“One day they are with Iran - alone in the world - and the day after they change their mind and decide to host the NATO radar,” she said. “One day, we have very good relations with Syria, and the next day they’ve scrapped all relations.”
“The traditional diplomatic way of Turkey was to find a balance between Israel and the Arab world,” she said. “It was good because Turkey was the only country in the Muslim world to have the same relations with Israel and other Arab countries. But it’s changed now, and we don’t know the result.”
One result of Mr. Erdogan’s foreign policy has been a surge in his popularity throughout the region.
Last month, for the second year in a row, Mr. Erdogan emerged as the most-admired world leader in Arab countries, according to the 2011 Annual Arab Public Opinion Survey, conducted by the Brookings Institution’s Shibley Telhami.
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About the Author
Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.
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