Turkey's evolving response to the Libyan crisis is just the "latest indication of its goal to be a power broker on the world stage," the Associated Press reported earlier this week.
Henri Barkey, a visiting scholar in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says the Turkish government has "always thought that in the past, the Turks have punched well below their weight."
"Now, with the Turkish economy doing very well, as the 16th-largest economy in the world . . . Turkey is much more able to play an international role, especially in the Caucusus and the Middle East, but also beyond the region," Barkey told Trend Lines this morning.