Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Reuters)
Turkey’s Erdoğan Government is in a web of international conflicts: its interventions in Syria, Libya, and the dispute among the Gulf States; the contest for resources in the Eastern Mediterranean; the Nagorno-Karabakh clashes of Armenia and Azerbaijan; maneuvers for Russia; the prospect of US sanctions, and more.
Those conflicts are linked to matters at home, such as economic problems, a possible Erdoğan showdown with former military commanders; and the Kurdish issue.
So does Ankara have a “grand strategy” or is just jumping from fire to fire?
World Unfiltered turns to Mustafa Aydin, Professor at Kadir Has University and Chairman of the International Relations Council, for answers.
2:20: In 2021, can we speak of a Turkish grand strategy?
5:10: Is this a grand strategy of balancing among multiple powers?
8:30: Is Turkey pursuing primacy in the Middle East?
13:40: Is this Turkish idea of “order” a grand strategy or only an element of it? Is Ankara’s assumption that we will have ongoing disorder for the foreseeable future?
21:05: Is there a risk here that the emphasis on “security” will end in Turkey’s isolation from other countries?
27:00: Is it possible to pursue balancing given Turkey’s economic issues?
33:15: If the Erdoğan Government called you, what would be your advice?