Samuel Huntington’s 1993 Foreign Affairs essay “The Clash of Civilizations?” has been picked apart endlessly over the past three decades.
- Asli Aydintasbas
- Foreign Affairs
But whatever one makes of his thesis that cultural identity would drive post–Cold War politics, Huntington had something right about Turkey.
Huntington predicted that as the twentieth-century contest wound down, the pro-Western leanings of Turkey’s secular elite would be displaced by nationalist and Islamic elements.
He was spot on.
Over the last few years, Turkey’s relationships with the…