Assessing Turkey’s Power in the Balkans

April 20, 2017 Turkey’s influence is rising, but there are limits to its power.

Summary

This report examines Turkey’s interests in the Balkans and the resources the country has at its disposal to pursue those interests. The report focuses on three main areas: economic relationships, investment and religious influence. We conclude that while Turkey has an interest in projecting power into the Balkans, its tools for doing so are not particularly effective. Turkey is not currently a major player in the region, either as a trading partner or an investor, and there are limits to how it can use Islam to develop common int...

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