An excellent essay on the neglected topic of Turkey's relations with its Middle East neighbors. Without wasting words, Robins covers a wide range of issues-Kurds, water, Islam-that bedevil Turkey's ties with Syria, Iraq and Iran, as well as other Middle East countries. Anticipating that Turkey will not win full membership in the European Community, the author sees Turkey left with a growing but troubled involvement in Middle East issues. More than a primer, but that as well, this book should help bring Turkey back into our consideration of Middle East developments.
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