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A Post-2014 Vision for Turkey-Africa Relations

Turkey’s foreign policy in Africa has achieved more than what initially has been planned as Opening to Africa in the last decade. A new post-2014 vision for Africa is necessity for variety of reasons including the tiredness among some segments of society and some state institutions. This article outlines the challenges fort his vision and put forward some ideas for the future of Turkey-Africa relations. The underlying point is that time has come for partnership with other actor in Africa to deepen further the relations.

A Post-2014 Vision for Turkey-Africa Relations
 

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government’s Africa policy represents hands down the most successful aspect of Turkish foreign policy over the past decade. The Africa initiative, whose origins date back to 1998 and was implemented as of 2002, promises to become a lasting element of the nation’s foreign policy for its content and potential repercussions. In recent years, the Turkish government’s interest toward the African continent expanded into the domain of humanitarian assistance and economic relations. The nation’s active involvement in Somalia, in particular, received great attention from across the continent and contributed to the consolidation of Turkey’s position in Africa. Thus far, closer economic cooperation, coupled with large amounts of development aid and humanitarian assistance, has formed the basis of this new approach. Various government agencies and non-governmental organizations have been actively contributing to the nation’s relations with the African continent. Meanwhile, the Turkish authorities’ take on Somalia and other nations indicates that Ankara will represent not only an economic power but a political ally. Still, the time has come to analyze Turkey’s African policy between 2002 and 2014, and engage the question of future steps.

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