Turkish Foreign Policy and The Qatar Crisis

Authors: Bülent Aras, Pınar Akpınar
The recent shuttle diplomacy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been yet another futile attempt to resolve the ongoing crisis between Qatar and the Saudi-led coalition, namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain. The resurfacing of the intra-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis has turned out to be another setback for Ankara’s regional ambitions. Dubious and cautious about the Trump-led, anti-Iranian Arab-Israeli coalition, the Turkish preference to stand straddled between the Arabs and Iranians has lost further ground as Turkey and Qatar have voiced similar geopolitical reasoning in regional policy and formed alliances on a number of regional issues including the Syria crisis and the Palestinian question. Click on the link to read more…
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