Turkish Today’s Zaman (03.11.15) writes that after its victory οn Sunday’s election, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government will be in a strong position to steer Turkish foreign policy in a challenging security environment, particularly stemming from the Syrian conflict.
Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat who chairs έstanbul-based think tank «Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies» (EDAM), told Today’s Zaman on Monday that it is not clear at this point how the AK Party will interpret its strong position after the elections.
“The AK Party may take a more realistic approach in terms of foreign policy issues, after garnering a very high percentage of support from its voters, or it may see this as a support for its foreign policy vision in the region which previously caused the isolation of the country from the rest of the world. If it reads right the recent signals from the world and reshapes its foreign policy based on a realistic approach, then the government will be able to create more positive results both for itself and for the region,” said Ulgen.
Ulgen said there is certainly a more positive political environment in the country as there is no election in the near future and a single party government will be able to take a decisive position on many issues, without any populist concerns.
He pointed out that the Cyprus issue may be one of those issues to which the government might push for a solution without worrying about upsetting the nationalists in Turkey, as the peace talks in the ethnically divided island between Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south appear to be getting close to a final solution.