While Turkey’s new foreign minister may reshape its Iraq policy, Ankara will likely prioritize economic relations above all else.
Mehmet Alaca is an academic researcher focusing on Iraq, regional Kurdish politics, and Shia militias in the Middle East. He is currently an Ankara-based diplomatic correspondent and a non-resident fellow at Center for Middle Eastern Studies based in Ankara. Alaca holds an MA from the Department of Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at Exeter University in the United Kingdom.
A wary ruling from an international court of arbitration against Turkey complicates relations among Baghdad, Ankara, and Erbil.
With the Al-Faw Grand Port and broader “Dry Canal” corridor project, Iraq aims to become a transportation hub between Asia and Europe. However, formidable political, security, financing, and feasibility challenges make for a rocky road.