Arab Atatürk: The Weight of History Franco-Turkish Paper, No. 10, January 2014
Recent discussion surrounding a 'Turkish model' for the Arab world has centered mainly on the achievements of the AKP in Turkey and its supposed ideological proximity to the political parties that have arisen from the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
However, the tutelary figure of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk also still contributes to Turkey's image in the region, sometimes prompting ambiguous reinterpretations of history. Atatürk's legacy remains in several areas, such as nationalism, secularism and democracy, but it is disputed, with references to him serving to highlight the priorities of Arab politicians.