Turkey’s New Foreign Minister

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan just named Ahmet Davutoglu his new foreign minister as part of a cabinet shake up. That means that my favorite foreign policy adviser just became my favorite foreign policy maker. This essay (.pdf) is a good place to start to get up to speed on Davutogu’s very sharp analysis of Turkey’s foreign policy posture. I’d been thinking recently that there seemed to be some drift in Turkey’s “zero problem” approach, mainly from the part of Erdogan. Davutoglu’s appointment, accompanying this interesting item of a surprise visit by Moqtada al-Sadr to Ankara, makes me think that Turkey is poised to make some moves again.

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