October 24, 2012
Syria's Breakup Is Turkey's Opportunity
Cagaptay & Khanna, The Atlantic
As Ankara's longstanding Kurdish conflict continues, its neighbor's breakup could create unexpected allies.
Demonstrators display Kurdish flags during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday Prayers in Al-Qamishli. (Reuters)
One-and-a-half years into Syria's civil war, the latest chapter is the armed hostility between Syria and Turkey, once a friend of the Assad regime. A century ago, it was Western powers that dismantled and carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Today, Turkey can place itself in the driver's seat of shaping the borders of the emerging Near East map.
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