Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the world stage with US president Barack Obama (photo:dpa)

Geopolitics: Turkey’s role as mediator between Europe, the Middle East and Iran

Turkey is the bridge between Europe and Asia. It could play a crucial role in shaping relations between the West and the Middle East. But its foreign policy initiatives to date have had only modest results. This report examines the background to Turkey's mediating role.

TURKEY'S foreign policy has undergone lasting changes in recent years revolving around the redefinition of Turkey’s position in the Middle East.

The architects of that policy are Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul, who was foreign minister from 2003 to 2007, and the prime minister’s longstanding foreign policy advisor Ahmet Davutoglu, who b...

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Dr. Udo Steinbach
The row over Iran’s nuclear programme had caused Iran’s relations with the international community to deteriorate since 2002. But Turkey has tried to encourage Iran to be more willing to compromise by stepping up economic cooperation and striking a political balance
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