The Middle East is going through a period of immense change; the unexpected developments have radically reshaped the region and the future remains uncertain for almost all countries. Especially the tension rising in Syria and the alarming situation in Iraq has become a crucial issue for Turkey and many other countries in the region and in Europe. Turkey plays an important role in the region and has become an actor in the transformation process since the very early stages. It has dramatically expanded its influence in recent years throughout the Mediterranean and beyond, operating as an interlocutor and partner to Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East.
Understanding how Turkey’s role is perceived in the region is critical to foreign policy making in Turkey, as well as to the EU countries. TESEV Foreign Policy Program’s fourth annual survey on the perception of Turkey in the Middle East presents highly interesting data and insight to the aforementioned discussion. What is the perception of the transitions occurring in Syria, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, the role of Turkey as well as the role of international actors in the events of 2013? What is the view on security and perceptions of the mediation efforts? What future scenarios for Syria and Iraq? What is Turkey’s visions for the region and the mediatory role it can play?, What ways are there to revive the Turkey-EU partnership in the region?
Gökce Percinoglu, Project Coordinator Foreign Policy Programme at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) will discuss with Alexander Graf Lambsdorff MEP, ALDE rapporteur for accession negotiations with Turkey.
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