Bloomberg: Erdogan does what he can get away with – Analysis

30 December 2020
368 Views

In 2010, Turkey’s “Zero Problems” foreign-policy doctrine was the marvel of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country was using diplomacy and commerce to develop cordial — or at least civil — relations, not only in its neighborhood and near abroad, but across the world.

Erdogan himself was the toast of the high table of international affairs, where leaders of the great powers sought his counsel and company.

Ten years later, Turkey’s foreign-policy landscape might more accurately be described as “Only Problems.” Ankara is deploying hard power and harsh rhetoric, rather than diplomacy, to maintain its influence.

It is in various degrees of confrontation with most countries that adjoin either its land borders or the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean: Greece, Syria, Israel, Cyprus, Iraq, Armenia and Egypt. Farther afield, it is in conflict with France, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

And at a time when the world powers can’t seem to agree on anything, they seem to have reached near unanimity that Erdogan is a troublemaker.

Turkey’s pugnacious president has recently been attracting sharp jabs even from those who used to pull their punches. The U.S. State Department has said it “deplores” Turkey’s decision to restart a controversial geological survey of the Eastern Mediterranean, and called on Ankara to “end this calculated provocation.”

This language is some of the strongest that the Trump administration has directed against Erdogan, who has the ear and affection of his American counterpart.

You may be interested

The Real Star Wars Universe – The countries the global franchise was shot in (infographic)
WORLD
shares25 views
WORLD
shares25 views

The Real Star Wars Universe – The countries the global franchise was shot in (infographic)

Panos - Aug 03, 2021

May the fourth was a good day for fans of the Star Wars franchise and wordplay so, being both of…

Russia replaces the dollar with the ruble & national currencies on armaments programs
WORLD
shares31 views
WORLD
shares31 views

Russia replaces the dollar with the ruble & national currencies on armaments programs

Panos - Aug 03, 2021

According to a report by the Russian news agency TASS, Russia has stopped accepting payments in US dollars, for armament…

The Hellenic Navy tested the Camcopter S-100 UAS
DEFENCE
shares31 views
DEFENCE
shares31 views

The Hellenic Navy tested the Camcopter S-100 UAS

Panos - Aug 03, 2021

In an announcement, the Austrian company Schiebel, informed that the Hellenic Navy (HN) has completed the tests of the capabilities…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.