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Turkey: Ambitions Vs. Reality in Ankara's ME Foreign Policy

Perhaps one of the most quoted Wikileaks cables to come out of the American embassy in Ankara is one from 2009 in which the ambassador at the time, James Jeffrey, describes Turkey's Middle East policy as based on "Rolls Royce ambitions, but with Rover resources."


Many in Ankara interpreted the ambassador's comment as an indication of Washington's discomfort with Turkey's increasingly autonomous and high-profile Middle East foreign policy, but a new study released by a Turkish think tank confirms a simple truth that lies at the base of Jeffrey's assessment: Turkey, at this point, simply lacks the human resources and institutional capacity to back up many of its lofty foreign policy goals. Reports Today's Zaman:

The Foreign Ministry’s present infrastructure in terms of its corporate body and personnel is insufficient for Turkey to become a “regulating actor” or “central country” in the Middle East, according to a new International Strategic Research Organization (USAK) report.

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