Why Turkey’s Expanding Military Footprint is Unstoppable
President Erdogan has big geopolitical ambitions for Turkey. With the financial support of Qatar, Erdogan took advantage of the Arab Spring to expand Turkish influence. For a decade now, Turkey has been expanding its military footprint all over the Balkans, the Middle East and even on the African continent. “Coincidentally”, always in places where the Ottoman Empire had already set foot in. As of now, one in seven Turkish soldiers are deployed abroad to maintain this “Empire”. The latest example of this trend is Turkey’s full military and political support to Azerbaijan’s invasion of Nagorno-Karabakh, meant to weaken Armenia, one of Turkey’s historical rivals. However, this expanding Turkish Empire has made a lot of enemies, especially with simultaneously rising major players in the region.
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