In its recent spat with the Canadian government, measures taken by the Riyadh administration have been extreme.
In the post-elections era, Ankara is set to follow a multi-dimensional independent foreign policy, facing both regional and global challenges by pursuing rational steps and strategies.
The election results brought more space for maneuver for President Erdogan in domestic politics, but the foreign policy challenges are still crucial as they were in the pre-election period.
“Turkey is likely to become a more influential actor in the politics of the Middle East. It is therefore vital that Western actors, as well as countries in the region, take into account Ankara’s concerns for the region.”
President Erdogan’s new way in pursuing foreign policy is a strategy to firstly save the country and to turn it into a regional powerhouse later on.
Critics would like to blame shifts in Turkish foreign policy on ideology, but it’s national interest that drives Ankara’s key decisions.
Rather than radical changes, small yet realistic steps can be taken in German foreign policy in order to re-establish relations between Turkey and Germany as the positive atmosphere of the most recent Gabriel – Cavusoglu meeting demonstrates.
Unlike claims made by certain media outlets, Turkey’s outreach efforts in Africa represent an effort to promote cooperation on the basis of stability, security and trade in a time when the next storm is brewing.
The exceptionally warm reception shown to Erdogan during his four-day visit to Sudan, Chad and Tunisia was testament to this rejuvenated moral capacity underlining Turkey’s emerging power in world politics.
Turkey achieved what the U.S. – who has immense diplomatic power – could not do. Through its effective diplomatic efforts, Ankara managed to gain support from other leading countries across the world on the issue of Jerusalem.