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Turkey: A New Polar Power?


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Turkey is rapidly expanding its interests and activities in the Arctic and Antarctica as it seeks to become a polar power.

In the past decade, Turkey’s approach to foreign policy has evolved. New political, military and commercial relationships have been forged with countries such as Sudan, Somalia, Venezuela, Cuba and Libya. Underpinning this approach is the idea of using Turkey’s ‘central geopolitical position and extensive historical experience’ to advance the country’s influence across the world. Turkey’s claims to geopolitical importance and historical significance are unprecedented in

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