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Since the 1990s, Turkey has witnessed the emergence of both rapid industrialization and an opening up to the globe in the cities of the Anatolia region, also known as the “Anatolian Tigers”. There is another Turkey beyond Istanbul and Ankara, one that is not backward as is commonly assumed. It remains quite fragmented, and while there is poverty and regional inequality, there is also dynamism. The Europeanization process of Turkey has been instrumental in these cities’ growth, but today, due to conditions of the world economy, they are looking towards the Middle East and Africa to expand their businesses.

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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...
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