Some Western nations, including the United States, are likely to be irked by a Turkey that intensifies its Somalia policy and takes other steps with the aim of restoring area balances, but that is the only way in which Turkey could contribute to bringing durable peace.
Bosnia-Herzegovina remains as divided as ever. In the past year Turkish foreign policy in Bosnia-Herzegovina has become more assertive and outcome-oriented. The successes of the new Turkish assertiveness have helped to initiate a much-needed reconciliation process between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Turkey derives its assertiveness not only from Foreign Minister Davutoğlu’s vision of sustainable peace but also from its shared history and cultural practices throughout the region. Turkey’s efforts could strengthen the efforts of the international community to integrate BiH into European and trans-Atlantic bodies.
SETA PANEL Chair: Talip Küçükcan SETA Participants: Dr. Bashir Ansari Afghan intellectual and writer Prof. M. Nazif Shahrani Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures & Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Indiana University, United States Date: August 13, 2009 Time: 11.00 Venue: SETA Foundation, Ankara