by Peter Kenyon
Dec 12, 2013 (All Things Considered) — Turkey, which not long ago was predicting its role as a regional powerhouse in a re-shaped Middle East, is scrambling to adjust foreign policies that have left it increasingly at odds with its neighbors and world powers. Turkey's approval ratings in Syria and Egypt have plummeted, with many critics saying Ankara has pursued overly sectarian policies that have exacerbated crises instead of calming them. Turkish leaders reject the criticism, but recently there are signs of a shift: Jihadist rebels fighting the Syrian regime have been deported from Turkey, and Ankara has renewed efforts to strengthen ties with Iran.
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