Πέμπτη, 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Is Turkey Losing Iraq?


Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets Iraqi Kurdish Regional President Masoud Barzani at his office in Istanbul November 5, 2011. (photo by REUTERS/Mustafa Ozer)

Ankara’s ongoing missteps in Iraq may cost it another valuable regional ally. Not only has Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed to create and lead a grand Sunni Muslim alliance that could check Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s power, but his policies have undermined essential Turkish interests in Iraq. Baghdad has recently stopped awarding commercial licenses to Turkish companies, Sunni Arabs are turning toward Maliki and the PKK continues to operate from bases in Iraqi Kurdistan. If Turkey wants to keep its borders secure and become a regional energy hub, then it may have to re-think its sectarian-based foreign policy, understand the limits of soft-power politics and more clearly reaffirm its commitment to Iraqi sovereignty.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/is-turkey-losing-iraq.html?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=4574#ixzz27hKqfnop

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