Speaking on China Radio International’s Beyond Beijing, Carnegie’s Marc Perini discussed Turkey’s rising influence and the country’s struggles with internal divides. He addressed its recent regional developments in pursuing peace with the PKK and Israel. Turning to the domestic front and looking at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s effort to build infrastructure in poorer areas of Turkey, Pierini stated that  Erdoğan’s “main concern has been to bring about social and economic progress to the whole of Turkey.”