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The article focuses on Turkish search for a “third option,” a foreign policy that radiates greater independence and a claim for regional power status. AKP (Justice and Development Party) government, which came to power with no coherent foreign policy, has become most comfortable within the emerging “third option” framework, a move that both suits the party’s domestic internal agenda but also the needs to rediscover Turkey’s strategic assets. It is argued that Turkey’s new foreign policy line has so far harmed its relations with both the U.S. and Israel, for very little return.

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Anat Lapidot Firilla
Anat Lapidot Firilla
This issue was published in collaboration with AmCham Turkey.
From the Desk of the Editor TPQ’s Winter 2019/20 issue, published in collaboration with AmCham Turkey, titled A Long-Lasting Affinity: Acknowledging US-Turkey Ties, lays out how strong cultural, educational, and professional relationships across different sectors culminate in beneficial partnerships and success stories. Our dedicated readers will realize that this Winter issue is a continuation of our new brand TPQ...
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