The recent terrorist attack in Ankara is likely to have major ramifications for both the domestic and the regional policies of the Turkish government.
Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Given the war in Syria and other challenges in the Middle East, Turkey is hard for Europe to ignore.
The EU and Turkey are in the same unsustainable situation: they need each other to address common challenges and pursue shared interests.
Turkey cannot be the solution for the European Union’s inability to act collectively to address the refugee crisis and develop policies to share the burden.
The Turkish president’s forthcoming trip to the EU institutions comes at a critical time for the international community, for the EU, and for Turkey.
With Turkey heading towards a new election, Erdogan is betting on a revived support to his AK Party. But isn’t that a gamble?
If Turkey wants to maintain its regional influence, it has to play a more concrete part in the coalition against the self-styled Islamic State.
Ankara faces two major challenges in the months ahead: forming a new government and participating effectively in the fight against Islamic State militants.
The prospect of a coalition government offers Turkey an opportunity to overhaul its political culture and inch the country toward becoming a genuinely liberal democracy.