Insight Turkey Vol. 19 / No. 3 / 2017, pp. 83-91
Involving sixty countries, the Belt and Road Initiative sparked a global debate because of its potential economic and po- litical implications. Sceptics argue this project cannot achieve its objectives as it requires close cooperation amongst many countries whose national interests are on a collision course. The optimists contend the initiative provides a win-win scenario for participat- ing countries. This paper argues that success of the project in the Middle East depends on overcoming several challenges including: eliminating security threats and terrorist organizations; finding sustainable solutions to political tensions and armed conflicts; and consolidating good governance.