A meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Istanbul has focused on Turkey's role in the Middle East in the wake of the Israeli raid on the Turkish aid flotilla and looming fresh sanctions on Iran.

On this episode of Inside Story we ask if Turkey will be able to fill the leadership vacuum in the region and if Turkey is better suited to this new prominent role in the Middle East than it is to EU membership.

To discuss this, we are joined by: Henri Barkey, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University; Ibrahim Kalin, an advisor to the Turkish prime minister, and Samir al-Taqi, the director of the Orient Centre for International Studies.

This episode of Inside Story aired on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera