Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power

March 30, 2021

A few years ago, the very notion of Turkish foreign military interventions would have seemed extraordinary. The Turkish republic has been, for most of its history, determinedly introspective. Until the 20th century, it was largely disengaged from its immediate neighborhood, favoring ties with the...

Will Erdogan’s “New Turkey” Become a Reality?

January 20, 2015

Cometh the hour, cometh Erdogan — but there is much in 2015 that can still trip up the president’s plans for a new Turkey. The year ahead is one in which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is keen to consolidate the gains of 2014 by institutionalizing reforms he believes will create...

Restoring Turkish Soft Power With Ahmet Davutoglu

October 04, 2014

As the new Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu is likely to revitalize the role of public diplomacy. During President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s tenure as prime minister, Turkish foreign policy rested upon a few discernible mechanisms. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has remained the...

Ahmet Davutoglu is Turkey’s Pragmatic Prime Minister

October 03, 2014

Ahmet Davutoglu has big plans for the year ahead in Turkey, but they are not all of President Erdogan’s ideas. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s move from the prime minister’s office to that of the presidency of Turkey has long seemed inevitable, and now it has come to pass. In doing so, he appears...

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

February 24, 2014

With domestic issues at play, Turkey has an eye on the EU. Germany’s new foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who replaced Guido Westerwelle following the 2013 general elections, is famous for having donated one of his kidneys to his wife in 2010. His sacrifice attests a noble devotion...

The Zero Problem Effect: Turkey’s Neoliberal Fear (Part 2/2)

November 17, 2013

Turkey’s reconfigured relations with Syria are part of a broader regional strategy. Under the influence of current Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who previously served as an AKP advisor for many years, Turkey began to pursue numerous policies aimed at fostering...

After “Worthy Solitude”: Turkey is Backpedaling on its Foreign Policy

November 01, 2013

Realizing its past mistakes, Turkey could become an easier foreign policy partner. Even the supporters of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are disappointed with the results from Ahmet Davutoglu’s foreign policy. Only 53 percent of AKP voters agree with his Syria...