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Turkey’s Sub-imperialism in Sub-Saharan Africa

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/09/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Review of Radical Political Economics
Issue number3
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)442-461
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date24/06/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The growing economic and political roles of the so-called emerging powers in sub-Saharan Africa have attracted particular attention following the apparent decline of Western powers in the face of the global economic crisis of 2007–2008. The AKP’s “proactive” foreign policy has manifested Turkey’s burgeoning role in the region. This paper draws upon Marxism to explore the diffusion of Turkish capital and the enhancement of military relations in the region in harmony and in contradistinction with Western and Gulf countries. It discusses the AKP’s proactive foreign policy vis-à-vis sub-Saharan Africa as a particular sociohistorical form of sub-imperialism that is characterized by and reproduces economic and geopolitical rivalries and alliances among Turkey and Western and Gulf countries.