It’s so weird how a lot of Arabs seem to love him. My whole family sees him as a model of consistency and stability while I’m the outlier.
I think its a mixed bag. About a year or so ago, he seemed to be more popular in parts of ME/NA than he is now (though he’s retained some of that due to obvious foreign policy stances). The thing that annoys me with the Erdogan praise, is that a great part of his appeal is in the climate that surrounds him - the triumph of the AKP over adversity, one of compromise and past repression, what the West may perceive as a more tame brand of “Islamism,” or even a transitional meeting point/model that movements may eventually follow like Vali Nasr types would argue (the sort of ideas that made the media so enamored with citing the Turkish case).
Turkey is interesting, what happened there was also, though where Western powers seem to look to its moderation for some sort hope or validation - the same can be said of Arabs who like his ME/NA policy stances - its really closed some avenues for criticism and regional issues as with condition of Kurds among other domestic issues.
I still have a lot to learn in this area, but I get frustrated with constant citation of Turkey being some sort of bellwether for considerably different cases.
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