Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) recently failed to reach agreement on a free-trade agreement (FTA) that has been under discussion since 2005 and that Turkish leaders had hoped would be signed by the end of the year. In an e-mail interview, Hugh Pope, Turkey/Cyprus project director for the International Crisis Group and author most recently of "Dining with al-Qaeda: Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East," discusses Turkey-GCC relations.
WPR: How would you characterize political relations between Turkey and the GCC member states? ...
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