November 17, 2021
General News

A Megaproject with Strategic Implications

Location of Istanbul Canal (Photo: Randam/Wikimedia Commons)

Istanbul’s geographical positioning, rich cultural heritage, religious symbolism and location as a major trading routes’ crossroad led Napoleon Bonaparte to once declare that “if the Earth were a single state, Constantinople would be its capital.” Sandwiched between Europe and Asia, Istanbul has long enjoyed a strategic positioning, an important historical role that it would – most probably – carry in the future.

Istanbul has long been the southeastern gate of Europe and the only maritime passage for Black Sea states to the wider Mediterranean. It’s not the geographical aspect solely that makes Istanbul a very important city, but many large projects carried out in recent years, which will definitely enhance the status and significance of the city.

Since the arrival of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)…

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