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A Conversation with H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President, Republic of Türkiye


Matthew Swift, Co-Founder & CEO, Concordia
H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President, Republic of Türkiye

“We have never compromised on our positions.” 

– H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

“The pandemic undoubtedly tribalized the world, disrupting the status quo.” 

– Matthew Swift

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly tribalized the world, disrupting the status quo. In nour present day, characterized by great power competition and multipolarity, President Erdogan was asked by Concordia’s Matthew Swift how he is interpreting the significant geopolitical changes we’re witnessing around the world. 
  • The pandemic caused significant changes around the world. Türkiye managed to survive the challenges successfully, with a prepared health sector, including field and refurbished hospitals in 81 provinces within Türkiye’s territory. 
  • During the pandemic, there were many disruptions to supply chains around the world, and inflation rates skyrocketed in comparison to the last five decades. 161 countries and 12 medical organizations received medical aid from Türkiye.
  • Türkiye’s key geopolitical and geostrategic role as a close neighbor to the European Union and significant player in the southeastern flank of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) highlights its importance in shaping global geopolitics. 
  • In terms of Türkiye-U.S. relations, President Erdoğan cited the economy, capacity, and capabilities of the U.S., impacting its position on the global stage. From security to trade, Türkiye has enjoyed multi-interventional relations with the U.S. 
  • President Erdoğan highlighted Türkiye’s commitment to environmental sustainability and green developments. He emphasized Türkiye’s efforts to balance these commitments with economic growth, mitigating the environmental impact on Türkiye’s economic activities. 
  • As Türkiye, Libya, and Morocco have experienced devastating environmental disasters in the recent past, Türkiye has taken charge in restoring the lives of those affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and offering aid to Libya and Morocco, showing leadership in the region.