Even though tensions over Ukraine will inevitably cast a shadow over the bilateral relationship, Russia and Turkey—a NATO member—continue to share a range of important interests.
The appointments of a new European Council president and EU foreign policy chief will impact EU-Turkey relations, but the critical test will be how both players respond to events in the Middle East.
The Syrian and Iraqi crises revealed that Turkey cannot guarantee its own security without solid cooperation from its western allies. As Erdogan transitions from prime minster to president, he must recognize this reality.
Now that Erdogan has won the Turkish Presidency, the question is how he will restore Turkey’s relationship with its allies and what the future of Turkish foreign policy will be.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s transition to the Turkish presidency is a turning point in the nation’s politics; the question is what path he will lead the country down now.
Despite his incontestable authoritarianism, the Turkish prime minister remains the most legitimate leader in the region and a key player for U.S. policy in the Middle East.
The security risks in the Middle East will strengthen Turkey’s partnership with Western allies.
Turkey will directly elect a president for the first time in its history. Will the new government be able to pull Turkey out of its slump and mend relations with the West?
A reshuffled EU leadership and a new Turkish presidency could provide a much-needed opportunity for a revamped EU-Turkey relationship.
The once warm relationship between Turkey’s AKP and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has measurably cooled as geopolitical realities have shifted.