‘New Turkey’ has to face the regional realities: Turkey’s Islamic identity has resulted in a bold foreign policy 16 septembre 2014Posted by Acturca in Middle East / Moyen Orient, Turkey / Turquie.
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FIIA Comment (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs) 13/2014, Sept. 2014
Toni Alaranta *
The narrative of true Muslims re-conquering the Turkish state is a crucial component explaining the AKP’s policies and its continuing success. However, the reality of the Middle East doesn’t correspond to Turkey’s vision of itself as a regional leader.
As a consequence of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) 12-year rule, Turkey’s domestic politics is heavily characterized today by all-encompassing ‘New Turkey’ discourse. But although everyone speaks about it, very few seem to have a clear idea of what it means.
* Senior Research Fellow – The European Union Research Programme (FIIA).
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