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Turkey’s southern province of Hatay has been deeply affected by the turmoil in Syria since April 2011. But, remarkably, despite damage in some areas, and new tensions after border car bombings in early 2013, Hatay’s story is still reflecting Turkish economic flexibility and resilience. One reason is that the Turkey-Syria trade boom was too new to have put down deep roots. Secondly, Hatay business people found new opportunities in the Syrian crisis. Thirdly, whereas Syria’s GDP per capita was greater than Turkey’s three decades ago, even before the war Turkey’s economic performance, wealth, stability, and resilience had already far outstripped that of Syria.
 
 
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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...
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