Barkey on Turkey's rising role in Iraq

June 14, 2010, 12:58 p.m.

Henri Barkey for the US Institute of Peace writes (PDF) that the draw-down of US forces in Iraq means Turkey's role in that country will increase. Barkey documents Turkey's changing role and notes that US policy-makers should incorporate Ankara in their planning.

Among the recommendations presented herein, the United States should help keep the Turkish-KRG relationship on track; open a consulate in Erbil; build government capacity in the north; emphasize that it does not wish to leave a PKK presence in the KRG after its departure; be more inclusive of Turkish diplomats in Iraq in this period of transition; and help to improve and develop joint commercial ventures and hydrocarbon routes among Turkey, Iraq, and the KRG.

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