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The recent diplomatic escalation between Turkey and Syria with reference to the fall of a Turkish aircraft hit by Syrian forces seems to be more important than it first looked like. Turkey’s relatively calm post-reaction is what really corresponds to the country’s strategic profile or a meticulously examined case scenario with deeper implications?

It is widely stated that Turkey has become a pivotal player in the Middle East building its strategic doctrine on the basis of zero problems with its neighbours. This aspect is inextricably interwoven with the leverage Turkey is exerting to the Arab World being identified as the peripheral power that can be followed and endorsed by all Arab states that have no direct or indirect strategic interests with the United States. In other words with all countries except for Saudi Arabia, the most committed ally of the US in Middle East.
What is more, Turkey has all necessary features […]

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