Middle East leadership comes down to Turkey and Iran

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meet in Ankara
Ankara, April 16, 2016: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Their countries are emerging as regional leaders (source: dpa)
  • With chaos reigning across the Middle East, Turkey has emerged as a consolidated power in the region
  • President Erdogan’s victory over the coup attempt has strengthened his hand
  • Turkey is now in the best position to challenge Iran for regional leadership
  • As the U.S. edges toward rapprochement with Tehran, Arab states and Russia are gravitating toward Turkey
Arabs across the Middle East rejoiced – even handing out candies in the streets – after the coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed. That Mr. Erdogan overcame the challenge means Turkey can continue to play the role of regional leader – an especially important position at a time when instability reigns throughout the Arab world and Iran is rising to exert its influence. All of the other countries in the region find themselves held back.

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