Apr 06, 2022
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At the beginning of the 2010s, during the first months of the uprisings against the dictators in the Arab countries of the Maghreb and the Middle East, the diplomacy of Western countries and much of the press pointed to Turkey, ruled since 2002 by the of Whatsapp Mobile Number List Justice and Development ( akp , for its acronym in Turkish), as an example of a "moderate and democratic Islam" in which the Arab-Muslim countries should be inspired. The editors of Time magazine had selected Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the leader of the akp, among the candidates for Person of the Year 2011. They justified their choice in these terms: «Re-elected for an unprecedented third term, [Erdoğan] has made Turkey the second fastest growing country Whatsapp Mobile Number List after China; he promotes secular democracy in Egypt and Tunisia Whatsapp Mobile Number List a model for rising Islamists »in those post-dictatorships. For the liberal weekly, Erdoğan, "a key ally of the United States with a strong commitment to NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization]", would play an increasingly preponderant role in the region in the coming years, in the context of «the Arab rebellion, the US withdrawal from Iraq and the growing international tension in relation to Iran»1. Ten years later, Erdoğan was mentioned by the same media, along with Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, as the third horseman of the autocratic apocalypse or a new sultan. Adding Donald Trump to this list, European observers drew attention to these "new Whatsapp Mobile Number List masters of the world" who only believed in power relations. Confirming part of what Time predicted about the increasingly important place he would play on the Middle East scene, not by using his soft power but this time exercising the most brutal force and blackmail diplomacy, Erdoğan is singled out with the finger as the very example of those strong men who are part of the "club of the rude."