How the Two Countries Are Competing After the Arab Spring One of the most controversial elements of Turkish foreign policy has been the attempt by the Justice and Development party … Շարունակել կարդալ
Turkey and Iran are two of the Middle East’s oldest and most powerful states. Both aspire to play a greater role in a new regional order. Major geopolitical developments in … Շարունակել կարդալ
Tehran initially viewed the rise of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey with much enthusiasm. It has turned into a nightmare. Turkey’s shift against the Assad regime in Syria, and its manifest ideological appeal in a changing Middle East, now has Iranian leaders viewing Ankara as a key part of a U.S. scheme with the Arab States in the Persian Gulf aimed directly at them.
The Turkish prime minister’s recent tour of Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya was meant to distract from his missteps during the Arab Spring. More importantly, it was aimed at convincing Turks that their country is a powerful regional player.
Today we were discussing with Dr. Behlul Ozkan and Armenian media representatives about the possibility of the second stage of Turkish activity in the Central Asia. We all know that there was a failure of so-called pan-Turkistic foreign policy in early 90-ies when after the collapse of the Soviet Union Turkey rushed to become the next “big brother” of Turkic kins bt because of the poor economy could not afford that luxury. However, now Turkey is the 16th biggest economy the world and is actively investing in the Middle East and Central Asia. Along with the new (or renewed) foreign policy of Neo-Ottomanism of Davutoglu (though he doesn’t like that label himself) Turkey may leap towards the Central Asia again presenting itself as a successful model for the CA countries.