The strategic rivalry emerging between France and Turkey could compromise the ability of the West to respond cohesively and effectively to emerging threats.
In recent years, Turkey’s foreign policy has undergone a fundamental transformation and the country has begun to play a more aggressive and assertive role.
Nearly two years after Russia and Turkey signed a series of energy cooperation protocols, the two countries remain unable to reach a breakthrough in their energy relations.
The fundamental lesson that the aspiring democracies of the Arab world can learn from Turkey is that the sustainability of democracy depends largely on the quality of a nation's democratic institutions.
With the EU and the United States no longer occupying the central place in Turkey’s foreign policy, some of Ankara’s new foreign policy choices have created frictions with its traditional allies and are sparking concern among some observers of a gradual drift away from the West.
The West must find ways to accommodate Ankara’s growing global ambitions even as it urges Turkey to take a more constructive and visible role in the challenges of global governance.
The establishment of an effective cooperative foreign policy with Turkey would get the European External Action Service off to a strong start and demonstrate that both Ankara and Brussels are committed to an ambitious agenda for the wider Middle East.
Turkey and the EU both face urgent foreign and security issues that cannot wait. As a result, they need a new, more effective channel for strategic dialogue to complement the accession process.
While Turkey’s vote against additional UN Security Council sanctions on Iran was viewed by some as a sign that Turkey is drifting away from the West, in reality the relationship is much more complicated.
Ankara’s new diplomatic activism represents a significant transformation of Turkey's regional role. However, some policy choices have created frictions in relationships with traditional allies.