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The Impact of the “New” Zero Problems Policy and the Arab Spring on the Relations between Turkey and Lebanese Factions

As the Arab Spring unfolds, a new power configuration is emerging in the Middle East. Turkey is at the center of the new setting, with a fully engaged leadership role that was adopted by the ruling AK Party. In the Levant area, Ankara’s influence is even greater due to Turkey’s full support of the Syrian opposition against the Syrian Baath regime. In this context, it becomes clear that the increasingly involved Turkish role in the region has direct and indirect effects on the stability of countries in the Levant, one of which is Lebanon.

The Impact of the New Zero Problems Policy and the
 

Up until the start of the Arab Spring, both local and foreign scholars put particular emphasis on certain aspects of the “zero problems” policy, such as win-win, regional stability and economic integration, in order to comprehend Turkey’s growing role in the Middle East. Those initial aspects of the “zero problems” policy, seemingly driven by a liberal stance, were based primarily on maximizing state level cooperation and, to a lesser extent, on limited calls for political and democratic reforms in the region by leading Turkish figures. However, popular demonstrations in the region against autocratic rulers and subsequent revolutions and counter-revolutions since 2011 have revealed the significant pitfalls of the earlier version of the “zero problems” policy, thereby forcing Turkey to reconsider and reformulate this vision. While various commentators have interpreted these modifications as a sign of Turkey’s departure from the “zero-problems” policy, this paper claims that such changes can be read as maintenance of an earlier version of the policy. 

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