Volume LIV — Number 2

Everett Shirtliff


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s blooming relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin may signify a tipping point in the “East v. West” relationship that has been brewing since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The recent developments between the two leaders could be seen as Turkey aligning itself with its neighbors to the East—a move that may prompt the formation of an “Eastern bloc” comprising states that have grown increasingly dissatisfied with the West.

Keywords: Turkey, Russia, Alliances, European Union

About the Author: Everett Shirtliff graduated from Towson University in May 2021, and served as an editor on the Towson Journal of International Affairs during his junior and senior years. 

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