“The New World and Changing Balances.”

The world, both economically and politically, is significantly different from a century ago. The colonial structure and economic hegemony of Western countries are no longer present. Global balances have shaped around new dynamics and different power elements. Countries such as Turkey, Russia, China, India, South Africa, and Brazil now account for over 20% of the world’s total gross domestic product. This figure is compared to a century ago, and perhaps none of the mentioned countries were as influential as they are today. European countries and America, taking advantage of the void in global markets, had largely established an economic structure that they shaped themselves and continued as they wished. However, with the passage of time, when unexpected new and proactive players were brought to the stage, a new world emerged where real competitiveness came to light. In this new world order, where technical infrastructure, educated workforce, raw materials, and energy are prominent, old and sluggish powers had to set new strategies. Although this transformation has not yet fully taken place, it is clear that nothing will be the same as before. The world is rapidly moving from unipolarity to multipolarity. Consultation and communication culture are more important than ever. Wars and political crises have a disruptive effect on national economies, and these damages can put a mortgage on the country’s income for decades.

In front of us is China with its colossal population and rapidly growing structure. They are growing and developing at an incredible speed in every area. As they earn by producing, their incomes increase, and as their incomes increase, their expenditures and consumption increase. Thus, a brand-new and unique market called China emerges before us. In Europe, on the other hand, with its aging population, decreasing political influence, and lost dynamism, they are drifting into a political impasse trying to subsidize with anti-Turkey populist policies. How long this situation can be sustained is unknown, but their course after Brexit is indeed raising many question marks. Rising Africa is just starting to discover its unique underground resources. When they succeed in processing and turning them into final products, there is no reason for them not to turn from a continent plagued by poverty and hunger to the future rich and prosperous continent. South Asia, with countries like China, Korea, Japan, and India leading economically, is a powerhouse with 60% of the world’s population. If they can maintain their growth levels in the next ten to twenty years, the economic power they will achieve will probably greatly increase their political influence. Thus, the world may take on a completely different balance between the East and the West, creating a silhouette that has never been experienced before. As for America, it is increasingly divided administratively due to rising nationalist policies and political conflicts. The deteriorating economic situation of the people, guided by opportunist and partly fascist promises, unexpectedly brought a different political figure to power. During this process, unexpected and surprising results can be expected from the United States globally. We must be prepared for everything, absolutely everything.

Finally, let’s talk about our country. Turkey, which entered a rapid growth trend in the early 2000s, unfortunately, is under an economic, political, and military attack/threat. While being a country that obeyed and complied with the past, today’s Turkey, saying “I am also in the game,” undoubtedly creates discomfort on all the platforms mentioned above. For our country, which has shown a performance that no one expected and disturbs the strategic interests of many countries with its dynamic structure, the future will undoubtedly be different and more effective than the past. Although the ruthlessness continues in the wolf’s den, our country will continue to be the guardian of peace at home and in the world, the supporter of prosperity, and the voice of the oppressed and the helpless. I sincerely believe in this, and with the hope that the future will bring goodness to our country and our nation, I greet you with respect.

Giyasettin Eyyüpkoca.

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