Dr. Lotfi Sour, Moustafa Istambouli-University-Mascara
Translated by Dris KHELLAF
Democratic Arab Center
Journal of Afro-Asian Studies First issue – April 2019
A Periodical International Journal published by the “Democratic Arab Center” Germany – Berlin. The journal deals with the field of Afro-Asian strategic, political and economic studies
As part of on-going multidimensional foreign policy changes in recent years there has been since 1998 a revival in Turkey’s relations with Africa. Turkey has tried to increase the volume of its diplomatic, political, economic and cultural interactions with African countries. This paper examines the reasons behind the return of Turkish interest to the African circle and its importance to Turkey’s position and future status. On the other hand, Turkey’s openness to Africa is clearly evident, driven by two twin objectives: first, Turkey’s urgent need to diversify its economic relations in a new global political economy. The second is to achieve a distinct regional status that inevitably passes through the attainment of influence in neighboring regional circles. Furthermore, relations between Turkey and Africa are still new and the future of relations depends to a large extent on Turkish domestic political developments as well as attention from the African side in the face of intense international competition for influence on the African continent.