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Failure of Paradigm - October 31, 2013

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The terms "insiders" and "outsiders" are common in international relations terminology. Insiders, in other words, residents are a definition given to countries that have established themselves in the international environment and see themselves as normal. Countries defined as outsiders are a definition given to countries that are cowed, who have not been able to put themselves in a status in the international environment and have not been able to establish themselves. For example; Japan has not taken its place, despite its economic power, neither in Asia nor among the great powers of the international system, and it is not completely comfortable among the Western powers. In this respect, it is possible to define Japan as a country outside.

Ahmet Davutoğlu states that getting rid of this passivity can only be achieved through a strategic mentality based on an existence claim. And this is why only societies that have formed a strategic mindset and can reproduce this mentality with new concepts, tools and forms according to changing conditions gain the ability to put weight on international power parameters.

If we look at it from such a perspective, it would not be difficult to understand why National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan was chosen as a target. In January 2012, in the MIT-Media meeting on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the MIT, Fidan's speech took place on a question “...parameters are clear. Human resources are important. Turkey has all of these resources. We are working to make MIT a voice in the world in two or three years, not regionally but globally... Our organization is the star of the region. It will be a global star in the near future....” his words were actually a declaration of what the MIT's strategic road map was.

Turkey is a country that has long been aware that economic superiority offers countries new tools in power struggle policies. As a matter of fact, Hakan Fidan, in his foreign policy article for Middle East Policy, emphasized the economic, cultural and political elements in the creation of Turkish foreign policy and defined "Premium Turkey", from TUSKON to TIKA, from Yunus Emre Institute to Turkish TV series "soft power"; stressing that it is soft power, but each one creates an effective synergy, he wrote: “Those who follow Turkish foreign policy admit that it has entered a new activity period in the last decade. Turkey is determined to make a unique contribution to regional and global relations in parallel with a new perception of its role in the world and Turkey is increasingly showing itself as a rising actor..."

Turkey's economic, political, cultural and strategic moves in the Afro-Eurasian geography have caused it to exceed the "outsiders" set we originally said. The September 11 incident and the historical process after it showed that the international structure led by the USA is not and cannot be unipolar. With the weakening of United States geopolitics and geostrategy in the Middle East, Iraq, Central Asia and Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, international actors with the potential to become global leaders have become global competitors of the United States, accelerating their strategic expansion both regionally and internationally. This multipolar world order we are talking about refers to a dynamic, balanced and multi-actor international structure in which the geoeconomic, geopolitical and geostrategic center of the world globally shifts from West to East, i.e. from Atlantic to Pacific, where the global geopolitical power struggle is experienced on the African-Eurasian axis, where energy resources and routes become more important. Thus; Zbigniev Brzezinski had to admit in his book "Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power" that the strategic and geopolitical power center has shifted to the East (Eurasia). At the 43rd Munich Security Policy Conference on February 10, 2007, Vladimir Putin criticized a country's efforts to create "the only ruling power in the world" and argued that this could have detrimental effects not only for everyone but also for the ruling power.

Facing rapidly changing parameters in a multipolar world, a Turkey that shows consistent reflexes and tries to strengthen its position, and is in fact aware of Turkey's reactionary and operationally proactive power; the rooted paradigm, which tries to control the world in the old ways, does not want to accept and get used to this current situation. All these global position against Turkey, 21st Century governance approach in accordance with the foreign policy front will lead him to receive all kinds of instruments continue to use and develop determination. At this stage, an important awareness in the transformation of the international system into a pluralistic system; It is embodied in the report of the US National Intelligence Council titled "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World". According to the report, by 2025, while the axis of power is shifting from the West to the East, non-state actors will also have a significant influence in the international system and will contribute to the pluralism of the system with the rising states.

When all these arguments come together, it is a perception management operation developed for both the West and the countries of the region, by assuming Ahmet Davutoğlu as "Neo-Ottomanist" and Hakan Fidan as "Iranian". Because it is not possible to predict that the other side will receive public appreciation and support from such asymmetric media attacks by Zionist and Evangelist neo-cons.

We have no doubt that people both inside and outside the country will continue to suggest that Turkish foreign policy should remain within the system as it used to be, and that a cowed stance at the edge of the table will maintain trust and peace and will continue to be a disaster. "MIT's "off-the-system" activities under Hakan Fidan may cause Turkey to be isolated. It may even put Turkey among the states that support terrorism...” (Emre Uslu, Taraf, October 24, 2013) My advice to Emre Uslu and those who think like him; let them read again what Fidan has said, done and written since TIKA so that they realize that the paradigms they defended have already failed. They would better read the world again and try to understand it.

(Published on November 4, 2013 in Yeni Şafak)

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