As technology continues to evolve, with the rise of autonomous vehicles, the blockchain industry, and artificial intelligence, Turkey, NATO and others continue to invest heavily in global technological advancements. The global technological developments allow for various responses to geo-political issues, but also have the potential to add more nuance to international issues. The response to the rise in new and emerging technologies relies on international coordination and cooperation. Domestic advancement in Turkey, for instance, involves international issues and stakeholders.
Turkey, the United States and NATO have continued to develop and manufacture technological devices for space, communications and vehicles. In fact, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoaña has emphasized the increasing significance of international cooperation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) “as the most pervasive emerging and disruptive technology, especially when combined with other technologies such as big data, autonomy or biotechnologies” (NATO, 2021). NATO uses the Science and Technology Organization (STO) to maintain modern technology advances for further development. The transatlantic collaboration amongst NATO Member-states allows for these advancements to reach their full potential in a world facing developing challenges.
Start-up businesses also reap the benefits of Turkey’s technological advancements. Internet companies such as Trendyol and Hepsiburada are becoming major players in the Turkish internet market, and have attracted attention from Silicon Valley in the U.S. Along with this, Turkey is the 20th largest market for eCommerce in 2020, and has attracted the attention of several American companies. In 2020, the centre joined the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C41R) Network. In taking a more global approach, the goal of the center is to research the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, and blockchain technology. Each of these are issues of focus for the U.S. as well.
It is clear that Turkey is contouring its policies and posturing itself to become a leading country in the field of digital revolution while the United States uses its continued advancements and investments to combat threats. Technological advancements made in Turkey highlight the role of trans-atlantic and global partnerships while international investments, with the United States for instance, enable a comprehensive understanding of the new and emerging challenges. Global cooperation is paramount in the sharing of new technological advancements when crises arise and the most efficient manner to respond to them. The universal elements of technology allow geo-politics and foriegn policy to thrive in efficiency; however, understanding the setbacks and stagnation in regions is equally important.