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Turkey Reaches Out to Muslim Neighbours

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Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst

March 2008

Early indications from Turkey's Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi: AKP), which assumed governance for the second time in July 2007, render it possible to make certain predictions about the future of Turkish foreign policy. The AKP will likely continue its hallmark policy of good ties with the US, while increasingly sympathising with the Muslim countries of the Middle East. The AKP successfully balanced good relations with the US and solidarity with Muslim countries and concerns during its first term between 2002 and 2007. Can the party keep this balance in its second term?

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