Sunday, June 13, 2010

Identity drives Turkey's foreign policy change

According to a latest news analysis in the Associated Press (AP) , the " eastward shift" in Turkey' s foreign policy orientation is rooted in a cause deeper than the mere unhappiness of being still left out of EU. In other words, besides EU' s "push", there is also the Middle Eastern and Central Asian "pull" factor interacting in the dynamic of the shift.

Friends & enemies of Turkey in reorientation

2 Comments:

Blogger kittykat46 said...

Very interesting series of articles you have posted on the subject.
The Turkish people I have had dealings have been very Western oriented. They consider themselves Europeans first, and being Muslim doesn't change that.
However, the people I've met are fairly well-off and many went through their elite universities.
The vast majority of rural folks and the urban poor likely strongly support the new, more Islamist foreign policy line.

It will be interesting to watch how this foreign policy trend evolves. Its important to realise that Turks definitely do not see themselves as Arabs, partly why the Palestinian issues had limited traction in Turkey in the past.

6:45 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

welcome back, my dear friend as you always provide intelligent comment.

9:35 PM  

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