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Davutoğlu visits Yemen

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A smaller business delegation than the one that visited post-revolution Egypt, but the effect is the same—an economic, and potential geographical, win for Turkey:

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu paid an official visit to Yemen
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu paid an official visit to Yemen on 20-21 October 2012. Foreign Minister Davutoğlu was received by Mr. Abdu Rabbu Mansour, the President of Yemen and Mr. Mohammed Salem Basendwah, Prime Minister of Yemen. He also met with Mr. Abu Bakr Abdullah Al-Qırbi, Foreign Minister of Yemen and some other senior officials. On the occasion of the visit, a delegation consisting of approximately 150 businessmen also held contacts with the business community in Yemen.

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu stated that Turkey would like to further develop its economic cooperation with Yemen and the 100 million Dollar donation committed by Turkey to Yemen would be provided through bilateral projects.

As part of his contacts in Yemen, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu attended the Turkey-Yemen Business Forum with the accompanying business delegation. “Turkey wants to be among the top three countries with which Yemen trades” said Foreign Minister Davutoğlu pointing out that for the economic development of Yemen, Turkey was ready to cooperate in every field.

Written by M. James

November 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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PM Davutoğlu?

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Don’t bother reading the article, but the following excerpt is an interesting look at how current the idea of Davutoğlu as prime minister really is—or was (as the article oddly suggests). As an outsider looking in, I haven’t seen a lot of PM-potential in Davutoğlu (which is not an insult), but perhaps I’ve been wrong.

People who are close to Davutoğlu, and his students from the Science and Art Foundation, a foundation established by Davutoğlu and his friends back in the 1980s to support students pursuing graduate studies and conducting research around the world, are tirelessly working to prepare for the post-Erdoğan period and believe Davutoğlu is the number one candidate for the post of prime minister.

The fact that Mr. Davutoğlu is a successful academic, politician and thinker indeed makes him the most likely candidate for the post.

Written by M. James

May 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Islamism drives Turkish foreign policy

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What Drives Turkish Foreign Policy?
Svante E. Cornell; Middle East Quarterly; Winter 2012

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) was reelected to a third term in June 2011. This remarkable achievement was mainly the result of the opposition’s weakness and the rapid economic growth that has made Turkey the world’s sixteenth largest economy. But Ankara’s growing international profile also played a role in the continued public support for the conservative, Islamist party. Indeed, in a highly unusual fashion, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began his victory speech by saluting “friendly and brotherly nations from Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Amman, Cairo, Sarajevo, Baku, and Nicosia.”[1] “The Middle East, the Caucasus, and the Balkans have won as much as Turkey,” he claimed, pledging to take on an even greater role in regional and international affairs. By 2023, the republic’s centennial, the AKP has promised that Turkey will be among the world’s ten leading powers.

At the same time, Turkey’s growing profile has been controversial. As Ankara developed increasingly warm ties with rogue states such as Iran, Syria, and Sudan while curtailing its once cordial relations with Israel and using stronger rhetoric against the United States and Europe, it generated often heated debates on whether it has distanced itself from the West. Turkey continues to function within the European security infrastructure—although more uneasily than before—but has a rupture with the West already taken place, and if so, is it irreversible?

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Written by M. James

December 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm

NATO gets minimal cooperation from Turkey

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Despite the expert orchestration of Turkey’s “Plans” over the past month, there has been one befuddling outlier—something that didn’t seem to be in the playbook. And if you read the usual headlines, you may have missed it.

Here’s the usual story:

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Written by M. James

October 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

An “internal affair”

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Turn the clock back three months. From this post, here was my take on Turkish-Syrian relations:

If Turkey is to “trust the masses” and maintain its role as a supporter of the Arab Awakening, it cannot support a Syrian regime that appears to oppress its citizens, and it must sell al-Assad’s government short—in spite of recent amicability—to retain its legitimacy.

To be sure, Turkish-Syrian relations have had their sharp ups and downs between then and now, but the conclusion is still the same. And Turkey may have finally vocalized that real trouble is brewing for the Syrian regime:

“This is our final word to the Syrian authorities: Our first expectation is that these operations stop immediately and unconditionally,” Mr. Davutoglu said at a news conference in Ankara, the Turkish capital. “If the operations do not end, there would be nothing more to discuss about steps that would be taken,” he said, without saying what that action might include.

And, given the extensive border between the two countries, Erdoğan has claimed that the happenings in Syria are—in fact—”internal affairs” for Turkey. Even more audacious:

“We have to listen to the voices from over there, we hear them, and of course we will act accordingly,” Mr Erdogan said.

But why the dilly-dallying so far? Because—Turkey has been strategically waiting for Aleppo and, ideally, Damascus, to join the unrest. Without Aleppo and/or Damascus supporting a Turkish invasion, the legitimacy of intervention is questionable. It would be an enormous risk for Turkey to intervene on a stalwart Assad with a peaceful Aleppo and Damascus, and with an indecisive (and apparently confused) international community as backup. And what about Turkey’s military capacity since the resignation of the generals? The word “demoralization” has been thrown around frequently since then. Can Turkey even project power with its military at the moment?

If Turkey chooses not to invade, though, Ankara’s bold words and professed morals will ring false in the ears of the world. Damascus will grin. Riyadh will frown. The West will continue its finger-wagging. Erdoğan knows this more than anyone.

So don’t be surprised if Turkey begins addressing its “internal affairs” in the near future.

Written by M. James

August 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm