A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The punishment of alleged traitors after Turkey’s failed July 2016 coup is paramount to reinforcing the government’s revenge narrative ahead of a constitutional referendum.
Ankara faces a number of foreign policy challenges, from the war in Syria to relations with the West. In each case, Turkey’s options are determined by domestic priorities.
Extreme tensions created by the July 2016 failed coup were decisive in hastening a debate on a draft new constitution in Turkey. If approved, the country will effectively adopt a one-man-rule system.
Turkish military intervention in Syria can succeed, however completion of the Al-Bab campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State will take time.
More than forty years after Cyprus was split in two, Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in Switzerland for last-chance talks to reunify the island.
The Turkish public, whose sensitivities regarding Syria have consistently grown more intense over the years, must now be persuaded of the astuteness of Turkey's foreign policy choices.
Domestic political trends are pushing Turkey toward a societal setup that is incompatible with EU and Western standards.
Turkey’s EU accession is not a realistic goal for the foreseeable future. Brussels should use this opportunity to redefine its relationship with Ankara according to mutual interests.
Turkey is perceived in the West as rolling back its rule-of-law architecture and being on the road to autocracy. The EU has a number of ways in which it can respond.