While the Turkish strongman has pulled back from the brink in certain relationships, his approach to other powers is another matter. He is not shying away from exploiting friction where and when it suits his purposes.
Can Turkey’s Erdogan Rebuild the Bridges He Has Burned?
Since his sweeping overhaul of Turkey’s political system in 2017, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cemented his near-total control over the country. Simultaneously he pursued an adventurous and bellicose foreign policy across the Mediterranean region, putting Ankara at odds with its NATO allies and the U.S. But amid regional shifts and the war in Ukraine, can Erdogan now rebuild the bridges he has burned?