David Ignatius, The Washington Post | December 9, 2011
Obama and Turkish PM Recep Erdogan have become unlikely partners as the Arab Spring has evolved. ++ After a blunt confrontation at the G-20 in Toronto, they have found common ground on Afghanistan, Iraq, and the fight against terror. ++ The relationship will now be key in pressuring for a peaceful change of power in Syria. ++ The “Turkish model” has become the hope for many Western observers of how the Arab Spring countries will evolve; it has risks, though, as Erdogan rolls back media and judicial independence in Turkey.