The “Erdogan Doctrine” is scary

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Al-Monitor takes a look at how Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is wrapping himself ever-more tightly in power.

The core of this new security approach, which was given the Erdogan Doctrine moniker by pro-government media, is that with the external problems and security threats it faces, Turkey must adopt proactive and preventive policies. The doctrine, widely discussed in Ankara corridors and in the media, is a turning point in proactive security and foreign policy. This doctrine actually very much resembles the 2002 definition of then-US President George W. Bush’s National Security Strategy: “pre-emption,” defined as “pre-emptive and preventive action.”

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