Back to the geopolitical future of the Greater Middle East: What Turkey comes to remind us via its mistakes

  • Markos Troulis National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Classical geopolitical analysis comes to remind us that it is still present as a tool for decoding the inter-state antagonisms as well as the global and the regional re-distributions of power. To be accurate, this never stopped happening; the post-Cold War ‘neo-liberal vertigo’ simply permitted many well-known figures of the greater academia to forget, to ignore and to doubt. The evolutions, during almost the last decade in the Greater Middle East, have made geopolitical analysis timelier than ever. The subsystem of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey is the operator of the geopolitical factor of the Islamist movement and, in these terms, it represents a main set of forces behind the pressures for re-distribution of power and roles in the region. The current paper refers to the systemic geopolitical analysis to focus on Turkey’s historical role in the Greater Middle East, its current ambitions and the mistakes having led its strategy to a stalemate. In this context, it is questioned which mistakes Turkey made, whether the overall neo-ottoman geostrategic policy recommendations are feasible and which elements of power are available for Turkey. Undoubtedly, power is the key towards an effective maximization of gains and a substantial increase of infl uence. For instance, Turkey’s emphasis on the energy reserves of its greater region is still reasonable, while their nature itself underlines the worth of geopolitical analysis since it is identified with the ontology of space and the intervening roles of group interests.

How to Cite
TROULIS, Markos. Back to the geopolitical future of the Greater Middle East: What Turkey comes to remind us via its mistakes. Civitas Gentium, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 4, p. 177-190, dec. 2017. ISSN 1792-9474. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2018.
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