Turkey: Islamist hotbed, economic powerhouse, East vs. West, Ottoman Empire

The Turkish expansion continues, back to furthest edges of the old Ottoman Empire:

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alliance, said trade between the two sides has been growing rapidly.

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In 2008, GCC exports to Turkey rose five times over the previous year and their imports from Ankara increased a massive 15-fold, the Kuwaiti minister said.

And all this just after meetings a few weeks ago between Turkish and Syrian cabinet members to discuss issues from Kurds to free trade. For a smart take on Turkey’s economic and diplomatic expansion take a look at James Traub’s recent piece in Foreign Policy, which while it doesn’t avoid all of the Turkey cliches (then again, neither did I in this 200 word blog post), manages to do a smart and pretty unbiased take on developments in Turkish foreign and economic policy.

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2 responses to “Turkey: Islamist hotbed, economic powerhouse, East vs. West, Ottoman Empire

  1. Yasar

    What kind of an ‘alarmist and grossly misleading’ title is that?
    “Islamist Hotbed”??? … The most secular muslim country in the World is now also the fastest growing economy in Europe PERIOD

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