Editor: Azra Ceylan
In this week's episode of Zeitgeist Turkey, Duvar English Editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki delve into Ankara's conflict-oriented foreign policy, and how it translates into domestic politics.
Ankara's foreign policy has involved offshore military involvement for over a decade, including multiple operations in northern Syria, the flare-up in the Turco-Greek conflict in the eastern Mediterranean, and most recently the government's support for Azerbaijan in the clashes with Armenia.
Although the perception of Turkey's "enemy" differs across military undertakings, the fight against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) at the Syrian border was the only operation that triggered a spike in votes.
Polls often show that the public's support often doesn't impact the ruling People's Alliance's vote share, as Selçuki says the public's support is behind the flag, and not the leader.