Turkey and Iran may have some shared interests in Syria now, but still have competing interests in the long run. U.S. policy will have to consider both regional powers.
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Brookings' Kemal Kirisci discusses the shrinking space for Turkey democracy's following the July coup attempt - from violence between Turkish forces on the PKK to the government's crackdown on civil society institutions and the media.