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March7, 2011, Los Angeles Times

by Meris Lutz

Is Turkey’s role in the Middle East centrist, or just plain cynical?

Ankara’s arms trade with Middle Eastern and North African countries is thriving, according to local reports, despite popular uprisings across the region against governments described by the protest movement and others as repressive and corrupt.

One senior procurement official with knowledge of defense contracts described the current industry climate as “business as usual” to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News. Read more


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