TURKEYS FOREIGN POLICY TAKES A NEW TURN AFTER THE 2014 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Mikhail AGADZHANIAN


Mikhail Agadzhanian, Independent expert (Erevan, Armenia)


ABSTRACT

Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan sustained a convincing victory at the presidential election held in Turkey in August 2014, receiving a nationwide mandate of trust. In tandem with the new prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, he will try to boost the countrys domestic political capital and reach new frontiers of cooperation with the main external partners. In so doing, the Turkish government will retain its balanced course in two geopolitical directionsEuropean and Eastern.

Nevertheless, the countrys authorities will have to constantly adjust their plans regarding the adjacent regions to meet the interests of the powers having an interest there.

These efforts aim to define both the main driving forces behind Turkeys foreign policy choice and the interests of the Western and Eastern political centers.

Keywords: Turkey, the U.S., Russia, the EU, the SCO, Turkish tandem, Turkeys European perspective, the EUs Eastern alternative.

Introduction

The new Turkish government took up its position on the political arena in September 2014. After familiarizing themselves with the members of the cabinet of ministers, Turkish commentators can say that Recep Erdoğan is sooner in charge of the government than ex-minister of foreign affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu, who was appointed prime minister. Turkish experts think that the latter has been prepared the role of so-called technical prime minister under a strong president who has taken all the reins of..


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