(Senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC) and former Deputy Head of Israel National Security Council)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 6 January 2020
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Ankara is seeking to expand Turkey's influence beyond the Middle East to Africa in a bid to transform Turkey from a regional power into a sort of neo-Ottoman Empire. Turkey is a key ally and a major donor of the Somali government in efforts to rebuild the country after more than two decades of conflict and famine. Erdogan became the first non-African leader to visit Somalia in nearly 20 years when he traveled there in 2011, as Turkey's prime minister. In 2017, Turkey opened a military base in Mogadishu to train Somali soldiers....Read more