A decade has passed under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
What is the reason behind the developments in Turkey’s relative power, capabilities and strength during Erdoğan government? What are those internal dynamics and external factors that have contributed in formation of Turkey’s relative weight in international system? What steps Erdoğan and his friends have taken, in such a short period of time, which has build a strong image for Turkey in international community?
Actually, nature has bestowed a lot of opportunities to Turkey: Turkey is located in a strategic place which has geographical proximity with Middle East, Balkans, Caucasus, Europe, Asia, Africa and all Eastern Mediterranean states. This region is also rich of important natural resources which enhance Turkey’s importance as a passage for the energy routes.
Turkey possesses a cultural advantage in the region. Turkey has strong cultural ties and speaks the same language with around 300 million Turks. And we share a common history with the countries in the Balkans, Caucasus and Middle East. Most of these countries have peacefully coexisted with Turks for centuries in the Ottoman time. One must also mention ‘state tradition’: As a state, Turkey is founded over an ancient legacy of knowledge and the experience in statehood. Turkish military power is one of the strongest armies in the region.
In spite of all its deficiencies, Turkey is the best example with a functioning democracy among all other Islamic countries. It has a vast agricultural land and relatively rich human resources. We are a member of NATO since 1952, we are stategic partner of USA, we are trying to become an EU member and finally, there have always been internal and external problems on our agenda.
As you may have also noticed, all of these facts have nothing to do with Erdoğan or his party!
In my opinion, all of the former governments were equal in the conditions mentioned above. So what is it that makes Erdoğan and his team different?
I think that it is the sincerity to serve the country and the strong will to do everything necessary in that direction.
Unlike its predecessors, this government has truly taken away the obstacles on the path to development of the country. They have trusted the people they have given them opportunity to flourish. They have brought to the scene that self confidence that has been frozen for more than two centuries.
Turkey does not have a problem in resources at all. Turkey had a problem in comprehending and evaluating the already existing resources. Erdoğan government has uncovered this already present potential. That is it!
What is the result?
Turkey has consolidated its position as a strong regional power and an active global actor. In the last ten years; Turkey has mobilized all its resources in order to increase its power; i.e. its state tradition, natural resources, its military power, human resources, geostrategic location, developing economy and so many other factors deserves to be placed in such a position. The only thing Turkey needs for going even further is the continuation of the determined political will and stability witnessed in the last decade.