By Edmond Y. Azadian
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been trying to give a positive spin to his country’s foreign policy with his academic semantics, but thus far, he has been only successful in providing a very transparent veneer to all the intractable problems that Turkey has created over the years, both domestically and internationally. Even his professorial tone has been sober and somber as he advocated an Ottoman-style hegemony in the Balkans, extolling the “harmony” which the Ottoman sultans had created over centuries.
It seems that Davutoglu’s “zero-problem-with-the-neighbors” policy intends to solve all those problems in Turkey’s favor and claim stability and harmony in the region. In promoting its brazen foreign policy, Ankara is counting on international support, which it has been garnering through a barter system.
Prime Minister Erdogan’s arrogance and cynicism, after visiting the White House last December, says a lot about Turkish foreign policy’s headway. Among other issues, Erdogan seems to have wrested from the Obama administration the blocking of the passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution in the Congress, in return for a pledge to normalize Ankara’s relations with Israel.
Presently, Mr. Erdogan is visiting Moscow, while Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, heads to Yerevan to bring back a gift to Turkey’s Azeri brothers, in the shape of a nod from Moscow to pressure Armenia to relinquish strategic regions captured by Armenians during the war with that country.