The Wall Street Journal quotes Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis Ricciardone on the need for a political solution to conflict between President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Kurdish militants:

A choice to press on with the military campaign may also underestimate the potential costs to Turkey, which must increasingly grapple with a separate threat from Islamic State.

“The risks of failing to grasp the refreshed opportunity for a political solution are quite serious,” said Francis Ricciardone, head of the Middle East Center at Atlantic Council who served until last year as U.S. ambassador in Ankara. “No matter how bad things may appear in this region, history shows that they can always become far worse.”

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