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Talking heads— Global

Preface

From the presidents of Turkey and Colombia to the leader of the Israeli Labor party, Monocle interviews five political leaders from some of the world’s most volatile regions.

Abdullah Gul, Guy Scott, Hassan bin Talal, Juan Manuel Santos, Shelly Yechimovich

Abdullah Gul

President, Turkey

Preface
Bordering Iran, Iraq, Syria and the European Union, Turkey has been taking advantage of its geography to play an increasingly vital diplomatic role. But judging when to back rebellions and when to talk to autocrats is not always easy to get right.

Writer
Steve Bloomfield

Photographer
Erbil Balta

Never have Turkey’s ambitions to have “zero problems” in its neighbourhood looked so bleak. Israel’s refusal to apologise for killing nine Turkish citizens on the Gaza-bound flotilla in 2009 has destroyed a burgeoning…

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