"Turkey's EU Membership's Possible Impacts and the Islamic World
Dr. Sedat LACINER
Unquestionably, one of the greatest impacts of Turkey�s EU membership will be on relations between the Islamic world and the EU. Over the last 15 years, in a unique fashion, Turkey has remarkably improved its relations with almost all Moslem countries; from Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Malaysia, and Albania. In addition to this, Turkey has augmented its prestige due to its policies towards the Iraq War. It is an omen of regional satisfaction that the Syrian Prime Minister has labeled Turkey�s policies as �shrewd.� Acting independently despite offers of territory (Northern Iraq) and money ($ 30 billion), Turkey�s advocacy of Iraq�s security and regional stability even in contrast to its national interests has instigated great sympathy from the countries of the region and other Moslem countries. In short, Turkey has broken its long inertness towards the region and has become an influential country. Bearing in mind the Ottoman heritage of the region, Turkey�s importance for the Islamic world is almost self-evident."
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