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Public view on foreign policy

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While Turkey is in the grasp of election frenzy over presidential and parliamentary elections, the Center for Turkish Studies at Kadir Has University released the findings of its annual survey on “Public Perceptions on Turkish Foreign Policy.” The survey was conducted in 26 cities across Turkey with 1000 face-to-face interviews during 15-25 May. The results once again show that political discourse, government rhetoric and regional developments have almost immediate impacts on the public’s perception.

This time, Turkey’s successive operations in Syria, where the latest “Operation Olive Branch” ended in late March, dominates public’s perception as we see the “Syrian conflict” emerging at the top of the list of the most important issues for Turkish foreign policy. Syria has been constantly rising in the list since 2015, reaching 26 percent this year. Similarly, increased tension in Gaza and Israel as the result of the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing it as the capital of Israel, also reflected in the survey with “relations with Israel,” ranking as the second most important issue in Turkey’s foreign........

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