The evolution of neo-Ottomanism
If you want to confront your enemy, you first need to understand how he thinks. This does not mean adapting to the enemy's way of thinking, of stepping into his shoes. There has been a lot of talk recently about Turkey's purported frustration a) with the EastMed gas pipeline, b) with the trilateral cooperation schemes involving Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt, and c) with Cyprus' hydrocarbon exploration.
Many analysts claim that Turkey's overreaction, including its decision to sign a maritime boundaries agreement with Libya's Tripoli-based government, was a reaction to the aforementioned developments. A pragmatic response, the argument goes, would be for Greece to withdraw from these partnerships which irritate Turkey and instead sit down to talk through our differences.
The irritation indeed exists. Turkey feels - and in fact is - isolated from developments in the...