A Syrian refugee in Lesbos, Greece. CreditYannis Behrakis/Reuters

This article was originally published on January 12, 2016 in the Opinion Pages of the New York Times. It can be found here.

In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., American support for accepting more Syrian refugees has withered. The Republican presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump has called for blocking all Muslims from entering the United States, saying we are at war with radical Islam. Other pol...

The Middle East is getting through a painful and chaotic phase of transformation. In yet another try towards normalization, the region once more has failed to succeed. An alternative order that could have oriented the regional order towards popular legitimacy, civic rights, rule of law and market economy seems to remain in waiting. To that end, Turkey’s unique role is again called for.

Turkey’s star was rising in the Middle East prior to the Arab Spring. This had to do first with the country’s ab...

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