Turkey and Egypt: A Partisan for Democracy or an Unwanted Intruder?
The position Turkey took regarding the developments in Egypt was clear: listen to the people and do what is necessary. The winds of change in the region have led to suggestions that Turkey constitutes an appropriate example for these countries to follow to build their own democratic systems. It is not persuasive to suggest that sharing a common religion constitutes a sufficient basis for Turkey to constitute a model for other countries of the Arab Middle East to build their democracies.
In fact, some observers have already commented that Egypt may be inspired by a model that Turkey has been working hard to leave behind that allows the military to intervene in politics as a veto group and define the limits of action for elected politicians through constitutional means. It is not clear how and to what extent the Egyptian political system will transform itself. There is reason to suspect, however, that the Turco-Egyptian relations will continue to be ambivalent.