Reports 2016

Making sense of foreign policy in the “new” Turkey

25 May 2016

Not so long ago, Turkey’s foreign policy was hailed by many commentators as a success story. With the motto of “zero problems with neighbours”, Turkey successfully improved its relations with many of its neighbours and, in particular, those in the Middle East. Furthermore, because Turkey is a secular Muslim country with a liberal market and close ties to the West, it was promoted as a model for the region. Unfortunately, today, this policy is in ruins. Turkey’s relations with many of its neighbours have soured while relations with its traditional allies in the West, the US and the EU, have been plagued with difficulties. A panel of experts assessed the main dynamics that shape contemporary Turkish foreign policy, how these dynamics affect Turkey’s regional ambitions, its security and what lies ahead.