If you’re like me, you probably don’t have time to monitor the news for every single country in the world. It’s natural to look up when something big happens in a faraway country and it’s all over the media, and then turn back to living your own life. Most people are busy working and pursuing their own interests, as they should be. But if you are concerned about geopolitics at all, and all of it’s ramifications, I suggest you start paying attention to everything about Turkey and it’s president, Erdogan. While we Americans were busy with the Obama and Trump years, Erdogan was very busy, too. Now things are getting even more interesting. Please feel free to share your knowledge in the comments.
Erdogan stopped an attempted coup in 2016. Then he instituted an economic policy that has devalued the country’s currency. One Lira is now equal to over $18USD. Trump and Erdogan had a mixed, stormy relationship. Biden has no clue. Turkey’s grain deal with Russia put them back in the news. And Erdogan marches on.
In a recent address, “Erdoğan said his vision for Turkey includes making the country one of the world’s top 10 nations in “politics, economy, technology, military and diplomacy,” the newspaper said, while reducing energy dependency on foreign countries. “https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-constitution/erdogan-vows-new-constitution-shares-vision-future-turkey
How did Turkey appear on my radar? I follow the Dan Sheekoz channel on YouTube. The channel is a vlog by a young couple and is loved by many Americans. The recently left Russia and are now ‘vacationing’ in Turkey. Dan makes High Def quality videos and I recently watched this episode and boy did I find out how little I knew about Turkey! Did you know that Turkey is very modern country and there are multiple BILLIONaires in Turkey and it’s a popular tourist destination? After watching the video I wanted to go there, haha! But half the population lives in poverty and they have hyperinflation right now, so it’s like a lot of countries, full of haves and havenots. https://skylineist.com/en/blog/get-to-know-the-rich-neighborhoods-of-istanbul
I did a little research to find out how Turkey got so many billionaires, but it wasn’t easy to find a clear answer. I think it has something to do with exports, energy and corruption and possibly, Russia and Ukraine. But I’m still learning. If you know, let me know in the comments.
As we know, affordable and reliable energy access is essential to the security and prosperity of a nation. And energy providers wield a lot of power. An important deal was made this week. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-signs-gas-import-deal-bulgaria-boosting-energy-ambitions. “Turkey perceives the situation as an opportunity to become a gas trade hub that could set a benchmark and supply the region using a blend of gas coming from Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and even LNG shipments. Ankara is investing in new LNG storage capacity and exploring new gas import deals. ”
I found few articles when I searched for “Turkey gas deal”, but I found many when I used the terms “Bulgaria gas deal”.
For those who believe the Bible, the area now called Turkey has a lot of historical importance and, most likely, future importance.
Few people know that about 60% of the places mentioned in the Bible are located in Turkey
. According to the Old Testament, Noah, his children and the animals he saved in the ark started the repopulation of the Earth from Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey. Abraham’s call to greatness came in Harran, in southeast Turkey. This city was called Ur of the Chaldeans.”
The majority media opinion on Erdogan seems to be that he is an evil autocrat doing everything he can to get reelected. His former ally is now exiled to the U.S. However, his economic policies don’t seem that different to me from U.S. policies as far as he is running up deficits and causing high inflation and making a few people rich while 99% of the people struggle. Maybe he believes that his policies will ‘trickle down’ to the rest of the country, and maybe they will. He seems to be determined to bring Turkey into the modern global economy.
But as I said, I’m still trying to understand what is going on in Turkey. These are my first impressions. All I know is that I think we should be paying better attention.