Monday, March 13, 2017

Turkey's "only problems" foreign policy

Hey remember just a few years ago when Turkey made a name for itself in foreign policy circles for its "zero problems" policy? Good times.

I'm not sure if the morass in Syria or Erdogan's reaction to the 2013 Gezi Park protests is what got Turkey to become pro-problem. But it is clear those "no problem" days are long gone, largely because Erdogan now views everything in terms of his domestic power grab:

“Turkish foreign policy today — whatever it is, wherever it is, from Syria all the way to the Netherlands and Germany — is related to the domestic political agenda,” said Cengiz Candar, a veteran Turkish columnist and academic.
“There is no Turkish foreign policy now,” Mr. Candar added in a telephone interview. “Turkish foreign policy is related to Mr. Erdogan’s referendum campaign.”