April - 26 - 2013
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Summary: Looking back at the events of this year, it has been a trying period for Prime Minister Erdogan of the ruling AKP party. The situation in Syria has proved, in practical terms, a costly humanitarian exercise, with floods of refugees pouring across the border into Turkey. It has also been something of a diplomatic minefield for Ankara which has attempted to have its concerns about the Assad regime placed at the forefront of international discussions on the matter, to no avail. Might it be losing some of its diplomatic clout? Whilst a historic peace settlement was reached with the Kurdish separatist movement, the PKK in March of this year, to put an end to decades of fighting, the process worryingly, has slowed to a halt in past months.

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