Two prominent regional powers in the Middle East have remained high on the international agenda recently: Iran, due to the sanctions going to be imposed, and Saudi Arabia, due to the Jamal Khashoggi murder.
By completing megaprojects like Istanbul’s new airport, Turkey is setting an example for the entire region by promoting closer integration with the rest of the world, pursuing its national interest and promoting an inclusive national identity.
“It is obvious that the Khashoggi murder has damaged the Saudis’ regional design aims that had the crown prince as their centerpiece.”
It became clear on Tuesday that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) won’t form an alliance ahead of the 2019 municipal elections. Now both sides have to compete against each other in a civilized manner and manage the risk of the former members of the Nation Alliance cooperating.
The AK Party and the MHP finding themselves at odds over certain issues is only normal and does not mean that their alliance will be damaged or come to an end.
Turkey’s sole purpose in the Khashoggi case is not to take part in any regional power struggles but to help find the actors responsible for the murder.
If Washington cannot refresh its Middle East policy, particularly on Syria, Putin may use it as an opportunity to gain more influence in the region.
Turkey is still the most significant regional actor enabling the U.S. to secure its credibility and reputation across the whole Middle East.
Under the Trump administration, the U.S. will continuously ignore it’s global responsibilities, and therefore the international order needs a new leader.
President Erdogan will speak straight after President Trump during the UN General Assembly – it’ll be interesting to observe how their speeches will differ from each other.