By Semih Koray
Aug 12, 2020
The latest report of the Rand Corporation expresses clearly who the United States supports and opposes in Turkey. The Greater Middle East Project was announced clearly with its own “map”, explaining which countries would change their borders. Such “maps” aim to reshape political polarization with the tools of “threats” and “rewards”, whether these maps show physical or human “geographies”. The US plans to put “both the carrot and the stick” into effect from the beginning of the process. For this reason, the documents and reports that lead or declare US policies are being organized in accordance with this format.
INFECTIVITY OF THE THREAT-REWARD AXIS
On the other hand, the effectiveness of the threat or reward depends on the power of the planner. America long maintained its image of being “the sole power that reshaped the future” after the collapse of the Soviet Union. During this period, it was the “soft” power which this image has provided, that made the “upfront declaration of the carrot and the stick” relatively effective.
The United States has been in a period of rapid recession for more than a decade. America has attributed this recession to the “rise of Eurasia”. Thus, their political response boils down to the prevention of the rise of Eurasia. This is the reason why the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation have been included in the enemies list in the latest document of the US National Security Strategy, which was announced by Trump in 2017. When the objective turns into “destruction” rather than “building”, the rewards that the United States can promise to the forces it is trying to mobilize in its own direction have started to blur, and the “threats” it uses against the anti-American forces have lost their effectiveness.