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    Turkey and the West: At a Crossroads?

    The fourth Körber Policy Game on „Crisis Management in Turkey’s Neighbourhood“ took place in Berlin. Liana Fix, Körber Foundation, spoke with Joost Hiltermann, Programme Director, Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group (ICG.) Hiltermann expects that Turkey will clearly move back towards the Western camp.

    The Körber Policy Game is based on the idea of projecting current foreign and security policy trends into a future scenario. A small group of high-ranking international politicians, government officials, and experts discuss this scenario and develop possible options for policy-making.

    At this year’s Körber Policy Game, participants from Europe, Russia, Turkey, and the United States discussed a fictional crisis scenario in Syria with the aim to develop both a deeper understanding of the interests and priorities of the different players and possible policy options.

    In the context of the Körber Policy Game, Liana Fix, Program Director in the International Affairs Department at Körber Foundation, spoke with Joost Hiltermann, Programme Director, Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group (ICG) about Turkish foreign policy between East and West. Which foreign policy course will Turkey choose in its relations towards the West and Russia in case of a crisis situation in Syria? Is Turkey’s NATO membership at stake? What position will Germany and Europe take in case of a crisis situation?

    Listen to the interview (in English)

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