Divining Davutoglu: Turkey's Foreign Policy Under New Leadership
Following Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent cabinet appointments, Bülent Arýnç will serve as deputy prime minister and Ahmet Davutoglu as foreign minister. Arýnç is widely seen as a representative of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and has already put his mark on AKP's foreign policy as the foreign affairs advisor to the Prime Minister. As an extra-Parliamentary appointment, which is rare in Turkey, Davutoglu will have to bear the political responsibility of the policies he devises and implements. His appointment, however, has raised concerns of pundits about the future of Turkish foreign policy and whether it will drift further away from the West and from the goal of attainment of EU membership. This brief discusses a method for looking at Turkey's policies and how the country's goals may line up with those of its allies, including the United States.