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Turkey is facing a tough choice: if it wants to emerge as a ''first world'' economy and a liberal democracy, it needs to protect its interests in the West and expand ties with the United States. Such a choice would dictate both internal and foreign policy priorities, different from policies aimed at becoming a leader of the Muslim/Middle Eastern world. If, instead, Turkey prefers to be a “Sultan” in the East, it will continue to emphasize the priorities that are now in place: attack Israel, develop ties with radical Islamists from Tehran to Gaza to Khartoum, and irreversibly change the nature of the country.

 

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