Turkey

Relations between the Republic of Turkey and regional foes have undergone a dramatic thaw in recent weeks, as the country continues to come under increasing pressure from the civil war in its neighbouring Syria. Ties between Turkey and Israel have moved toward a tacit reconciliation after Israel apologized to Turkey for the controversial Mavi Marmara raid in 2010. Reports also indicate that Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is discussing an energy partnership with officials in oil-rich Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkish relations with Syrian refugees in the south of the country experienced serious tensions this past week however, as Syrians clashed with Turkish police at the Suleiman Shah refugee camp in protest over dismal living conditions at the camp.  (March 27, 2013 – Reuters; March 29, 2013 – Jerusalem Post; March 29, 2013 – Global Post)