Turkey: Red Crescent Complements Ankara’s National Security Objectives

In the decade since the Justice and Development Party assumed power, Turkey has become a much more assertive foreign-policy player. And when it comes to projecting soft power, the government clearly views the Turkish Red Crescent Society as an important component.

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Mehmet Burk is a practitioner in the humanitarian assistance field, and conducted fieldwork in southeast Turkey in 1999. He is the senior writer and editor of the Relief Analysis Wire (www.mganalytics.org) which assesses emerging trends in international humanitarian issues.

Turkey: Red Crescent Complements Ankara’s National Security Objectives

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