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Events in the Middle East force realism on Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have increasing difficulties with the West, but his position in the Middle East is not all that easy either.

His regional archenemy, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, continues to make headway, while his nemesis in Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, remains in power.

Gale 2bThe Qatar crisis caught him unaware and unsettled him.

Meanwhile, he is bracing for the reign of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, who is an enemy of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Erdogan feels a close affinity to.

In addition to this, Hamas, which Erdogan also supports strongly, is ready to…

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