Triangulation: Erdogan's Secret Weapon

A former colleague of mine from Turkey, Oya Dursun-Özkanca, has just published an informative monograph on "Turkey-West Relations."  The author examines Turkish foreign policy since the ascendancy of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkish prime minister in 2003 and as Turkish president (presumably for life) since 2014. Clearly Erdogan has become an object of irritation for the American State Department and for Congress because of his fondness for “boundary-breaking.” The Turkish leader increasingly acts in a way to spite the U.S. and other members of NATO. This may be partly related to Turkey’s failure to enter the EU, most recently in 2014. Turks were rebuffed for varied reasons, from charges of “human rights violations” to the fear of increasing Turkish immigration into Europe, to Turkey’s historic antagonism to Christian Europe.  In 2012 Erdogan pulled Turkey into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a group dominated by...(Read Full Article)
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