Nov 15 2017

Turkey could have better leveraged its strategic position - diplomat

Turkey could have capitalised on its strategic location and gained not only security but also a better economic position as a result if those in power had picked their fights more carefully, wrote a former Turkish ambassador.

The blog post by Ali Tuygan, a diplomat for more than 40 years, asks a list of “what if?” questions highlighting what he sees as Turkish foreign policy blunders in recent years.

Finally, the retired diplomat asks, what if Turkey had “prioritised diplomacy over confrontation, cool-headedness over bravado, soft power over hard power?”

The answer, Tuygan suggests, is that Turkey would be in a much better diplomatic position now, which in turn would have helped the country in a wide set of other senses, from better security to a stronger economy.