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Turkey: Ankara’s Shifting Foreign Policy Line

Horizon recently attended a private foreign policy briefing by a senior Turkish official that outlined important long-term policy priorities and strategies for Ankara. The official, who asked not to be named during the briefing, clarified a number of issues on foreign policy with the most recent change of ministers. Notably, the official confessed that Ankara has reached the limits of using religion as a primary rallying point in its foreign policy. In a region battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and countries like Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon moving toward a more secular line, Turkey’s ability to muster alliances on the basis of Islam has been effectively reduced to two allies: Qatar and Hamas.


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