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From Endearment to Estrangement: Turkey’s Interests and Concerns in Syria 25 octobre 2011

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USIP Peace Briefs (United States Institute of Peace) No 109, October 25, 2011

Yigal Schleifer *

Turkish relations with the Syrian regime have developed at a dizzying pace over the last 15 years, going from outright hostility to close cooperation and back to estrangement. Ankara has deep concerns regarding developments in Syria, particularly in terms of the domestic repercussions of any Syrian political instability or social upheaval. These concerns shaped Ankara’s initial caution in completely breaking with Damascus and could still limit the scope of Turkish action against the Assad regime.

* Yigal Schleifer, a Washington-based journalist and analyst covering Turkey. He was based in Istanbul between 2002 and 2010 as a correspondent for the The Christian Science Monitor and Eurasianet.org. He is also the author of “Istanbul Calling” (istanbulcalling.blogspot.com), a blog about Turkish foreign and domestic affairs.

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