Erdogan and his neo-Ottoman policy
The statement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on establishment of a military base in the north of Iraq - in the Yezidi-populated Sinjar province, completely fits in the logic of his neo-Ottoman policy.
Let’s recall the foreign policy of modern Turkey, which was initially based on the principle of "zero problems with neighbors," now has developed into undeclared military actions against these neighbors. It can be stated unequivocally that as a result of such policy, Erdogan spoiled relations practically with all neighbors, conducting undeclared military actions against two of them - Syria and Iraq, maintaining a military presence in Cyprus and having deep contradictions with Armenia and Greece.
Turkey's relations with other neighbors - Iran and Bulgaria - are also complicated. Among its land neighbors, Turkey, perhaps, maintains good relations with Georgia and Azerbaijan (Nakhijevan). Despite the current situation, the acting leadership of Turkey continues to pursue aggressive policies towards its neighbors, which means that its diplomacy has been defeated, and the state now resorts to the spread of its military influence.
In fact, according to experts of international relations, this is a manifestation of the state’s weakness that considers itself a superpower rather than a sign of strength. Turkey's inability to reach an agreement with its neighbors forces it to resort to the force of arms, and as a direct result of such policy, Kurdish armed groups, known for their emphatically anti-Turkish orientation, were formed on its southern borders. In response, nowadays Turkey is forced to resort to military action, which is part of its neo-Ottoman ideology and is the only way to save the situation.
However, this policy exacerbates its relations not only with border countries, but also superpowers that have their own interests in this region. As a result, the lowest level of relations between Turkey and the USA, which has ever been observed in recent years, is noted.
If Turkey invades northern Iraq, the province of Sinjar, it will mean opening of the second front of hostilities, and it will create certain difficulties for its military, financial, material and human resources but, on the other hand, Ankara needs to take this step, because it wants to prevent the strengthening of the Kurdish movement inside the country. According to many turkologists, this policy can have the ereverse effect, only further strengthening the Kurdish movement inside Turkey. The possible failures of military operations will only further strengthen the influence of Kurdish forces both in the border areas of this state and in the southeastern provinces of Turkey, which are mostly Kurdish-populated.
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