№142 The crisis in Iraq and the twists and turns of Turkish Middle East policy Cover Image

№142 The crisis in Iraq and the twists and turns of Turkish Middle East policy
№142 The crisis in Iraq and the twists and turns of Turkish Middle East policy

Author(s): Krzysztof Strachota
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy, Developing nations, Geopolitics, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Iraq; Turkey; Middle East
Summary/Abstract: The spectacular offensive by Islamic radicals in Iraq this June has led the country to the verge of collapse, and is another scene of the deep crisis in the Middle East, in which Turkey is entangled. The immediate consequence of this is a severe crisis of prestige after the kidnapping by terrorists of Turkish diplomats and Ankara’s inability to resolve the situation; in the long term consequences include escalation of the Kurdish problem, and a further increase in threats to the security of Turkey itself as well as the fundamental principles of its foreign policy. Both Ankara's options and its political will to actively respond to the crisis are extremely limited.Yet again in recent years, the current crisis, the broader situation in the Middle East, and finally the position of Turkey in the region elude unambiguous assessments and forecasts – these are prevented by the scale and growth of the reappraisals and tensions in the region. The only undoubted fact is that Turkey is strategically and irreversibly entangled in the Middle East’s problems, which are an important factor affecting the transformation of the state which the ruling AKP is implementing; and in the near future, this state of affairs will only deepen.

  • Page Count: 7
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English