Turkey’s hegemonic ambitions in the MENA region
On 27 July, Michael Young published with Carnegie Middle East Center an interview with Soli Özel, senior lecturer at Kadir Has University in Istanbul discussing Turkey’s ambitions in the Middle East and North Africa. Over the course of the past month, Turkey has demonstrated a willingness to project its power in the MENA region, most notably by imposing itself as an essential power in the Libyan crisis. For Özel, the goal of the Erdogan government is clearly to turn Turkey into a hegemonic regional power. Özel moves on to describe the different factors weighing into Turkey’s regional ambitions, whether political, religious or economic.
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