CHANGE AT HOME, CHANGE IN THE WORLD
PRESIDENT ABDULLAH GÜL PROF EKMELEDDİN İHSANOĞLU HRH PRINCE AL-HASSAN B. TALAL 2011 saw the Arab Spring blossom across Middle East and North Africa, prompting Turkey to expand its “zero problems with neighbors” foreign policy into a more robust approach, signaling that it intends to fill -- at least partially -- the current power vacuum in the region. A similar challenge remains ahead for Turkey and its fellow states within the Muslim world: transition to a more democratic system of rule. As Ankara tries to influence Middle East and North African countries, urging them away from extreme Islamism and to embrace the formation of secular Muslim states based on the Turkish model, it too is preparing to renew itself. Work has now begun in earnest on a new constitution to replace the existing 1982 iteration, drawn up under military rule. Key to all these developments is that the will for change must come from within: For regional stability and prosperity, there can be no imposition of an external solution.