Turkey’s Engagement in Somalia: A Security Perspective

Abdulkarim Y. Abdulle & Bulut Gurpinar

In conclusion, Turkey’s security interests in Somalia can be limited to four points: Counter-Pirates, face competitive regional powers, protect Turkish economic interests in the region, and selling defense industry’s products. It is worth noting that these goals can only be achieved with the integration of the work of Turkish training “base” in Somalia and the recently proposed base in Sawakin Island of Sudan. If Turkey achieves successfully these four goals at the end, it will become presented a significant effective policy in the Horn of Africa. A lot of supporting factors exist also on the ground, it depends how Turkey deals with the Somali governments and the high-level bureaucrats. Achieving these goals, Turkey will be recognized as a model for other interested countries to engage with Somalia.

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