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Turkey’s Africa Adventure: Human-centred approach conceals warmongering policy

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Erdogan’s policies in Africa appear to simply be extension of those that he pursues at home, while he transitions from humanitarian to international arms trader.


07 Jun 2020
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Turkey’s Africa Adventure: Human-centred approach conceals warmongering policy

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During the Ottoman era, the Turks used to have considerable relations with Africa as the Sultans ruled a big part of north Africa including today’s Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, Somalia, even Niger and Chad. The Republic of Turkey, which was created following the overthrow of the Ottoman sultans by the new Republican Parliament in 1922, had almost no dealings with Africa from 1923 to 1998. Turkey drafted its Africa Action plan in 1998 but Ankara’s Africa approach remained passive for a number of years afterwards. In 2003 the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to...

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