Author: Milliyet (Turkey) Posted January 23, 2012
During Tim Sebastian’s BBC Doha Debates held in Istanbul last week, participants argued over whether Turkey is a good or bad model for the Arab world. After a heated discussion between the panelists, the same question was asked to the audience. 51 percent of the audience decided that the Turkish model was not suitable for the Arabs, while 41 percent of the audience took the opposite point of view.
The panelists who claimed that Turkey is a “bad model” included Ece Temelkuran, a Turkish journalist and Hasan Mneimneh, a Lebanese scholar. On the other side were Sinan Ulgen, a former diplomat and scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies in Istanbul. Aboubakr Jamai, a Morrocan journalist also voiced arguments in support of the Turkish model.
Those who took a stance against exporting the Turkish model mentioned the following problems:
Those who supported the Turkish model made the following assertions:
What was striking about this discussion is that the Turkish panelists who voiced arguments against the Turkish model emphasized the recent anti-democratic practices in Turkey. The Arab speakers, on the other hand, hold different - even contradictory - views on the Turkish model [and democracy in Turkey]. This demonstrates a lack of consensus and a myriad of perceptions on the issue across the Arab world. Therefore, the Arabs might embrace certain elements within the notion of a Turkish model while rejecting others.
Read More: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/politics/2012/01/the-turkish-model-good-or-bad-fo.html