Turkey’s internal struggle has regional foreign policy implications

Recep Tayyip Erdogan met European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels (photo:dpa)
Recep Tayyip Erdogan met European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels (photo:dpa)

Internal domestic issues are weakening Turkey’s crucial geopolitical standing in the Middle East and the region. This is adding to the uncertainty of a geopolitical vacuum developing in the region as some see the United States stepping down its interests. Turkey's strength is its pivotal geostrategic position and its role, but time is not on its side.

<i>The impact of domestic political tensions among different Islamist factions has weakened Turkey's relative geopolitical positioning. The December 2013 agreement with Iran - and the prospect of Iran playing a larger regional security role - have come at a time when Turkey is largely pre-occupied with re-balancing its internal dom...

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