Ankara's economic expansion growing rapidly

Turkey and the Arab world: issues of interaction

Ankara is looking for ways of expanding bilateral economic ties with the Arab world, RISS experts of the Center for the Near and Middle East point out in the joint report of RISS journal "National Strategy Issues". Tukey uses all the possible measures to achieve positive results when cooperating with Arab countries. The authors of the report identify points where the both sides either share some solidarity of interests or are antagonized by areas of tensions, as well as have common spheres of cooperation or harbor mutual adversaries. Turkey's "soft power" strategy is widely used with all its partners without exception.

Analyzing Ankara's interaction with the Arab world, RISS experts underscore the growing rivalry between Saudi Arabia (SA), the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Turkey, as well as confrontation with Egypt and the strategic impasse in Libya. Turkey's undoubted success is a multiple increase in trade turnover and investment cooperation with almost all Arab countries.

RISS experts also draw attention to the fact that the classical theory that politics is a concentrated expression of economics doesn't work properly in Turkish-Arab relations. "In the future, it is unlikely that Ankara will refuse to promote political Islam in Arab countries based on the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey's protection of its economic interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Horn of Africa may lead to an escalation of tension in relations with the UAE, SA, and Egypt. However, common interests are likely to prevent the situation from escalating. The common interests in developing trade and investment cooperation will help to find political solutions and compromises," RISS experts believe.

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