A Test of Turkey's Pragmatism

MIN READApr 19, 2016 | 09:00 GMT

A Kurdish man waves the flag of Democratic Union Party during a demonstration in Syria to protest excluding Kurdish groups from talks over ending the Syrian civil war.


Turkey's decision to engage with Damascus does not fundamentally alter its goal in Syria; it still wants to replace the government of Bashar al Assad with a moderate, Sunni-led government that it can influence. But it does show that Ankara is more preoccupied by the Syrian Kurds than by the Syrian government....

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