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Under Erdogan, Turkey's Foreign Policy Is a One-Man Show

MIN READApr 22, 2018 | 14:44 GMT

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, speaks at the conclusion of the G-20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany, during July 2017.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, speaks at the conclusion of the G-20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany, during July 2017. G-20 leaders agreed somewhat on trade policy but disagreed on climate change policy.

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For most of Turkey's modern history, its foreign policy drew from the suggestions of the armed forces, the civilian government and career professionals in the foreign ministry. The resulting policy formulations -- whether they produced positive or negative outcomes for Turkey -- emerged from a set process involving myriad interagency consultations over the country's capability, capacity and interests. Today, that is no longer the case. Since taking his current office in August 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the shots in Turkish foreign policy. The country's actions and objectives on the world stage are now a product of his preferences, rather than a deliberative process....

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