04d5100346f86f680e570f05_dr2369c.jpg Dean Rohrer

Turkey’s Frontline Foreign Policy

Turkey claims to be pursuing a “zero conflict” policy that aims to minimize regional tensions and enhance stability. But, thanks to its alliance with Iran and support for Hamas, Turkey now finds itself rushing headlong into a series of conflicts – with Europe, the US, Israel, and moderate Arab regimes.

JERUSALEM – A few months before he became Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s chief adviser, met with a group of Middle Eastern academics and policy experts, including Arabs and Israelis. With his academic background and immense erudition, he succeeded in painting, on a wide canvass, the new directions of Turkey’s policies under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) leadership.