Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

While comparisons and arguments for why the Turkish Model is relevant to burgeoning MENA countries now undergoing transition abound, the infeasibilities of “selling” this model have been less explored. This article makes the argument that positing Turkey’s successes in the last decades as a “model” for transitioning MENA countries is counter-productive. The author examines this concept primarily through the lens of Turkey Egypt relations. The first section discusses the feasibility of the Turkish model from the perspective of Egyptians themselves; the second section discusses the ideological challenges and discrepancies between the AKP and Egypt’s eclectic hues of Islamists, including some revealing gender constituency challenges for Egypt’s two largest Islamist political parties. Finally, the author offers some policy recommendations to the proponents of the Turkish model in engaging a transitioning Egypt...

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Mohamed S. Younis
Mohamed S. Younis
From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when relations between Turkey and the EU are at a historical low point. The sources of tension are manifold, and have been compounded by a constellation of transformations in Turkey, Europe, and the international system. The global upswing in far-right populist movements, isolationism, the conflict in Syria and its humanitarian crisis, and the threat of ISIS have...
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