In post-Arab Spring climate, Turkey asserts leadership in the Middle East

September 16, 2011

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a more emoldened foreign policy stance since the Arab Spring uprisings.

Relations between Turkey and Israel are at an all-time low. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he won’t restore normal relations with the Israelis until he receives an official apology for last year’s attack on a Turkish flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. Erdogan has also promised to take the case to the International Court of Justice.

We get analysis from Mehmet Celebi, a Chicago-area businessman and Turkey scholar for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.