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MERI – EU-Turkey Policies in Iraq & Syria: Challenges & Opportunities

February 2019

EU-Turkey policies in Iraq and Syria: Challenges and opportunities for convergence and cooperation

Turkey is in every way ideally placed to bridge the EU with its southern neighbours and together tackle their common challenges and myriad of business opportunities.  The question is, can they align priorities and policies to make the most of the opportunities?  The answer is:  not easily. Given the complexity of and uncertainty in Turkey and Iraq, as well as Syria’s security dynamics, sustained EU-Turkey convergence in all areas of common interest is unlikely in the foreseeable future.

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