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The article first published in danielpipes.org on 07/18/2017.   In February, Turkey’s ambassador to Israel told this author to stay away from his country; at least he did so diplomatically. In June, Turkey’s ambassador to Bulgaria treated me in a remarkably rude and undiplomatic manner.   The occasion was a talk I gave, “On Turkey and Erdoğan – a partner or a threat,” for the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies think tank in Sofia. After mentioning my connections to and affection for Turkey, I explained that strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inability to reconcile three competing priorities — Islam, Turkey, and Erdoğan — and the resulting contradictions are likely to doom his regime. By the end of the event, Amb. Süleyman Gökçe confirmed that prediction.     He came early, sat in