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.
By choosing Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as its joint presidential candidate, the Turkish opposition has shown that it can offer hope and appeal to the broader Turkish population.
The end of the coalition between Erdogan and Gülen is a turning point in Turkish politics and Turkish soft power in post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus.