Issue Brief on “Turkiye at 100: A Symbol of Progress and Development”

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October 29, 2023, marked a milestone for the Republic of Turkiye, as the country celebrated one hundred years since its founding as a Republic. The Republic was established in 1923 under the visionary leadership of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.  The centennial commemorates Turkiye’s journey as a symbol of progress, not only for its citizens but also as an example of advancement within the Muslim world. Turkiye’s global position is evident, particularly seen in its economic growth and its enduring connections with nations worldwide, notably its strong ties with Pakistan. Turkiye is a constitutional secular state, combining history and modernity. With the majority of its population adhering to the Muslim faith, Turkiye holds a legacy of once being the center of a powerful Muslim empire, the Ottoman. The present day Republic of Turkiye has been successful in safeguarding the vision of its founder, Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, under whose leadership the country began its journey of progress.

Turkiye’s remarkable transformation into a regional center, characterized by a robust economy and rich cultural heritage, over the past century is a testament to its dynamic and influential role on the global stage. The transformation of Turkiye’s economy has been extraordinary, driven by diversification, innovation, and visionary leadership. Its strategic geographical location as a land bridge between Europe and Asia enhances its global significance. The ‘Century of Turkiye’ vision, unveiled by its current leadership, outlines ambitious goals for Turkiye to become one of the world’s leading economies by its centennial anniversary.[1] The vision serves as a manifesto for a ‘new world order,’ positioning Turkiye as a regional leader and a significant global influencer.[2] The country experienced an average growth rate of 7.4 per cent between the years 2010 and 2015, which later slowed down due to a number of domestic and international pressures.[3]

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