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With the “Arab Spring”, long-standing institutional structures have turned upside down both within the region and in Turkey’s relations with the regional states. Turkey’s “zero problem” doctrine has been called into question ever since the demonstrations in Syria have turned into violent clashes between the supporters of Assad’s regime and the protestors, leading Turkey to take on a tough stance against the Syrian regime, and marring Turkey’s relations with Iran and Iraq. In addition to the domestic factors that affected the pace of events in Syria, it is equally crucial to consider a number of external factors. The position of Iran and Russia on the one side, and Israel and the United States on the other, have had a decisive impact on the course of events in Syria, significantly constraining Turkey from pursuing its own interests in the region.
 
 
 
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Mustafa Kibaroğlu
Mustafa Kibaroğlu
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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