Turkey's Egyptian Overtures: Why Does Erdogan Care?

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Judging from Tayyip Erdogan’s fiery reactions to the events in Egypt, it’s clear that Cairo’s troubles have graduated to the status of a ‘big-ticket’ foreign policy issue for Ankara. For some, it’s another opportunity for Erdogan to display his kasimpaşali flavor of ‘rough-and-tough’ politics, reminiscent of the ‘one minute’ saga in Davos. For others, Ankara’s interest in Egypt smacks of a ‘Neo-Ottoman’ brand of foreign policy . But, in lieu of the ongoing protests across Turkey, Erdogan’s post-June 30th tryst with Egypt should instead be understood as an external manifestation of insecurities that plague him and Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) within their immediate realm of influence.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date8 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2013
SeriesThe Huffington Post

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