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The Turkish regional conception with regard to the Muslim states

Jan Niemiec

ZBN Analysis No. 1 (40) / 2019


One of the main objectives of the Justice and Development Party (tur. Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi - AKP), which has been ruling Turkey since 2002, was to gain a dominant position in the Islamic cultural realm. Behaving actively in the political, economic and social spheres, the Republic of Turkey has been recognized as the leader of the Muslim world just a decade ago. The key role in this process is attributed to Ahmet Davutoglu, the founder of the new concept of Turkish involvement in the region, then a go-ahead foreign minister. However, the achievements of Turkish diplomacy have been wasted as a result of inconsistent policy during the Arab Spring. Turkey is currently perceived by its Middle Eastern partners as a country that has a negative impact on the state of security in the region. After the failure of its policy in the closest neighborhood, Turkey has been focusing for two years on improving relations with Muslim countries in Africa.


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