Egypt’s Boycott of the Turks

Egyptian authorities have never really cared for their Turkish counterparts, particularly given the close relationship between them and the Muslim Brotherhood under ousted-president Mohamed Morsi. Tensions spiked after the military takeover of Egypt’s political arena on July 3, 2013.  Since then, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has taken almost every possible opportunity to publically criticize the new regime, his more recent display taking place on the world stage during the 2014 UN General Assembly.

A recent blog post on EgyptSource notes the growing frustration among many Egyptians, but also the lack of any real influence to change the Turkish stance. Dominic Dudley, a freelance journalist and analyst who specializes in business and economics in the Middle East and Africa, describes the Egyptian reaction to Turkey’s antagonism, culminating in a push to boycott Turkish goods. While Egypt’s slow economic recovery allows some wiggle room for such a measure, its affect on the Turkish economy remains peripheral.

On the other hand, Dudley recognizes that Turkish vitriol will do little to change Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s course and would only create tension between Turkey and Egypt’s Gulf state backers. The impact of such increased tension could negatively affect coordination on other regional issues, most notably Syria and the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

Read Dominic Dudley’s full article, “Talk of an Egyptian Boycott of Turkish Goods Won’t Do Anyone Any Good” on EgyptSource.