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Tamás Szigetvári: Turkey’s Dilemmas in Foreign Policy and External Economy in the Early 21st Century

Dialóg Campus, Ludovika University Press Non-Profit Ltd., Budapest, 2020

Turkey has long sought to act as a bridge between the East and the West, and today it aspires to be not only a bridge but also a regional factor that is significant on its own right in a strategically important region. A Turkey that can combine the elements of both the Western and Muslim civilisations and ways of thinking may become a most successful and competitive society of the 21st century, and may serve as a model and regional hub for neighbouring countries and regions. However, for the time being, although opening up to the East brings opportunities involving long-forgotten neighbouring regions or remote markets of Asia and Africa, they only constitute ancillary benefits rather than a real alternative for EU relations.

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