Turkish cultural diplomacy

Over the past few years, Turkey has become increasingly sophisticated and proactive in its relations with its neighbouring countries.

Where once the policy was to wait for something to happen then react, the country is now using its growing economic clout to warm up its neighbours, as well as non-official diplomacy: civilian projects with state-backing aimed at strengthening ties.

I’ve been looking at this phenomenon in relation to the Balkans, and particularly at a recent joint project by Turkish public television and the state railway company in which a group of journalists and academics took a 50-day televised train trip around the region.

You can read my story for SETimes here.

(Picture courtesy of the Balkan Express Project)

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