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Split Three Ways on Ukraine:Turkey in a Changing Regional Order
Split Three Ways on Ukraine:Turkey in a Changing Regional Order

Author(s): Pinar Elman
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych

Summary/Abstract: With its low-level involvement in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Ankara epeated its customary formula of refraining from disrupting relations with Moscow, but also ought to maximise the benefits from its position, in order to recover its declining power. Yet his is not a voluntary strategy, so much as an effort by Turkey to make the best of a bad and. The crisis between Russia and the West affects Turkey’s security concerns, economic nterests and wider domestic and foreign policy ambitions. Although non-involvement has so ar carried few direct costs, Turkey needs to leverage its low-profile position, not least to nsure NATO solidarity, and indeed might soften its position in internal NATO debates. And et this might in turn create a new conflict of interests: Turkey needs to maintain its soft power apacities, not least in order to hook into the EU, while the EU needs to deepen Turkey’s integration in order to develop a cohesive answer to the new circumstances.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 46
  • Page Range: 01-05
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English