Somalia: Turkey’s pivot to Africa in the context of growing inter-imperialist rivalries

Paul Antonopoulos, Oliver Villar, Drew Cottle, Aweis Ahmed

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Abstract

With Somalia in the midst of the worse famine in decades, where the international community failed to delivery to the country, Turkey effectively responded to the crisis. This was in conjunction with significant development into the impoverished state. Although a sentiment of brotherly relations dominates the rhetoric, the Turkish investment into Somalia represents a Turkish push into Africa. This can represent Turkey attempting to expand its sphere of influence and demonstrate its growing capabilities as a middle power. With China making significant inroads into the continent, particularly in neighbouring Djibouti and Ethiopia, is Turkey as a NATO member attempting to block the Chinese pivot into Africa, or is it acting in its own self-interests? As resource security becomes imperative, the Horn of Africa only becomes increasingly strategic, however, only Turkey has recognized the importance of Somalia in a changing world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-18
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Comparative Politics
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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