Once a country lacking in self-confidence, Turkey now takes control of its borders and chooses its potential allies, the founder of a U.S.-based think-tank said Wednesday

Participating in a tech summit in Istanbul, the head of Geopolitical Futures George Friedman said, “Ten years ago … I wrote something absurd, which is that Turkey is emerging as a great power.

“And people told me this is not possible, especially Turks. But it is possible and it is happening,” Friedman said, underlining that although Turkey still did not trust itself, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was trying to instill confidence in

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