Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the Amiri Diwan Palace, Doha, Qatar, December 7, 2021 (EPA)

I joined Turkey’s ANews on Tuesday to discuss Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest adventure to promote himself abroad and to distract from economic problems at home.

After Erdoğan’s trip to Qatar — which followed the visit of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, with a $10 billion investment fund, to Ankara — I evaluate the motives, including the historic collapse of the Turkish currency, and the consequences for Turkey and the region.

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