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Turkey between Two Worlds

Wesseling, Germany (January 29, 2013) - Recently, special guest speaker Turkish Brigadier General (Ret.) Haldun Solmaztürk briefed the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) about an annual survey called, “The Perception of Turkey in the Middle East 2011.”  This survey, conducted by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation and released in November 2012, offered insights about Turkish views on democratization, human rights and foreign policies; as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Turkish perceptions of foreign polices are of particular interest to all NATO members.   

“61 percent [of the respondents to the survey] consider Turkey a model of the region,” said Solmaztürk. 

The final report of the survey was released on November 2, 2012, and Hurriyet Daily News reported that “the majority of people in the Middle East have a positive view of Turkey, yet those who consider the country a model are on the decline, according to the results of [the] survey.”

As a member of NATO, Turkey balances its deep rooted heritage against Western imperialistic ideology.  In light of the instability to peace in Syria, Turkey is home to Syrian refugee camps, and since July 2012, several news stories have speculated Turkey’s legal right to invoke NATO’s Article V.  However, according to the TESEV survey, Israel is perceived as a bigger threat than Syria. 

“47 percent of the [survey’s] respondents said Israel is seen as the Middle East’s biggest threat. The USA followed Israel with 24 percent.” said TESEV. 

Service members working with and for NATO are encouraged to read the TESEV survey for more insights: http://www.tesev.org.tr/en/publication/the-perception-of-turkey-in-the-middle-east-2011

This recent briefing summarized TESEV’s findings and was hosted by CIOR. CIOR represents the interests of over 1.3 million reservists across 36 participating nations within and beyond NATO, making it the world’s largest military reserve officer organization.

Photo Released by CIOR/Henry Plimack (USA).

Disclaimer: the analyses stated in the above mentioned survey have been performed independently from CIOR and the analyses and statements contained in this survey do not represent as such any position or opinion of CIOR.



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