19 April 2012 /AKİF EMRE
With Turkey recently having become increasingly influential over other countries in the region, a discourse of “neo-Ottomanism” has emerged. It is strange indeed that while we still have not entirely made peace with our Ottoman heritage, we are described as a new Ottoman state.
If neo-Ottomanism requires close engagement with other countries in the region, then Turkey seems to have achieved that. But other significant points that have to be considered are that Turkey’s active role in the region is not because it adopted this strategy but because the rest of the world allows it to be so. The countries that wanted Turkey to give up all its claims to the remainder of the Ottoman Empire with the Treaty of Lausanne now want Turkey to fill the gap in the Middle East. Though this offer sounds good, their motives are different to what we might think, as Turkey’s role in the Middle East serves other countries more than it serves us.