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Turkey flexes on the world stage

What does Ankara’s assertive foreign policy mean for the region?

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has taken on a new dimension with the alleged involvement of the Turkish military. Armenia says one of its fighter jets was shot down by a Turkish aircraft over the disputed central Asian region of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the summer, France accused the Turkish navy of confronting one of its frigates in pursuit of a vessel suspected of taking arms to Libya. Meanwhile Turkey's understanding with Russia and Iran over the war in Syria has strained its ties with Washington, as well as several Gulf countries. So do these events suggest that Ankara is becoming more assertive in its foreign policy? Or is this the reaction of a country that finds itself isolated and is being forced to act in order to preserve its interests? Does Turkey still see a future in NATO? And what is the long term vision of president Erdogan; are his critics right to accuse him of trying to return the country to its Ottoman past?

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53 minutes

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Sat 3 Oct 2020 03:06GMT

Contributors

Selim Yenel – Former Turkish ambassador to the European Union, now president of The Global Relations Forum

Ilke Toygur - Real Instituto Elcano, and Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain

Suat Kiniklioglu - German Institute for International and Security Affairs, former Turkish MP

Ian Lesser – The German Marshall Fund of the United States, former Turkey advisor at State Department 

Also featuring 

Ilnur Cevik - a senior adviser to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 

Anastasios Chatzivasileiou - Foreign policy adviser to prime minister of Greece, member of Greek Parliament

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Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis sails in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. Credit: REUTERS/Yoruk Isik/File Photo

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