How Erdogan Muscled Turkey to the Center of the World Stage

Pro-Erdogan supporters wave flags and banners in Brussels, Belgium, March 9, 2020 (AP photo by Olivier Matthys).
Pro-Erdogan supporters wave flags and banners in Brussels, Belgium, March 9, 2020 (AP photo by Olivier Matthys).

Over the past decade or so, Turkey, a critical NATO member and once-aspiring candidate for membership in the European Union, has refashioned itself as a revisionist power openly challenging not just its regional neighbors but also treaty allies like France and the United States. Currently, Turkey’s military—NATO’s largest after the U.S.—is actively involved in a number of theaters, including Syria, Iraq, the South Caucasus, Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean, with the intention to either steer the outcome of a dispute in its favor or alter the existing order. This behavior represents a radical change from Turkey’s earlier predilection for a […]

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