From Benign Donor To Self-Assured Security Provider: Turkey’s Policy In Somalia

Author: Pınar Akpınar
The opening of a Turkish military training base in Mogadishu by Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khyare and the Turkish Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar on September 30, 2017 sparked discussions as to whether Turkey is now set to play a more ambitious role in Somalia. Being its largest forward base in the world, with a cost of 50 million USD and the initial goal of training more than 10,000 soldiers, the base is a solid indication of Turkey’s enduring support for its lead partner in the Horn of Africa.1 It is also a step forward from the benign donor role that Turkey has been capitalizing on in Somalia into a self-assured security provider role. Click on the link to read more…
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