Turkish Dilemmas in the Shadow of the War in Ukraine

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Aug 04, 2022 | Centre for Eastern Studies

Turkish policy towards the parties involved in the war in Ukraine is shaped not so much by the conflict itself, but by Russia and its attempt to exploit economic and regional weaknesses in the Black Sea, the South Caucasus and the Middle East, suggests Krzysztof Strachota in his commentary for the Centre for Eastern Studies. Turkey’s ruling AKP party’s policy is invariably to restore and force recognition of Turkey’s status as a political and civilisational axis. Turkey remains a structural part of the West, seeking unsuccessfully to strengthen its position within it, while trying to solve most of the problems it defines as strategic, independently and against the West. The development of the Turkey’s domestic situation: its capacity to address current economic, social and political problems and channel accumulated social energy within the polity, are key uncertainties



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