Turkey and Democratization in the Arab World: Between an Inspiration and a Model

Karol Kujawa
Content Type
Policy Brief
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
For several months, we have witnessed rapid change in the countries of North Africa. Researchers and politicians have raised questions about the future of Arab countries once the revolution has run its course. Will the new authorities attempt to build a theocratic state or will they follow the example of Turkey and implement democratic reforms? The latter choice is becoming increasingly popular in the Arab world. This article will address the key questions that come up in connection with Turkey and Arab countries, including: the source of Turkey's popularity in the Arab world, what do they have in common, what divides them and, finally, whether Turkey could become a model for Arab countries.
Democratization, Development, Economics, Islam
Political Geography
Africa, Turkey, Asia, Arabia