The polarized atmosphere in the U.S. keeps increasing as midterm elections approach, offering an alarming picture of the deep divisions in American society.
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.
The Khashoggi murder pushes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to become more dependent on global powers, in particular the United States.
Turkey’s response to the Khashoggi affair has remained solid and serious since the very beginning and this stance has thwarted some from using the case as a political tool.
“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 Khashoggi case will have negative effects on the projections proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.
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.
The incompatible approach depicted by the U.S. in regards to the Jamal Khashoggi case should be ringing alarm bells for U.S. foreign policy.