'Internationally, everybody says it would have to be led by Africa,' said Alex Vines. 'When you talk to African leaders, it’s like, ‘Well, we might consider it, but we wouldn’t be the first.’'
'The question of who wins is less important than the question of what they can do to restore order once in power,' said Anna Larson, who co-wrote a report on voter perceptions sponsored by Chatham House.
In an interview before the election, Fadi Hakura said there seemed to be little appetite in Turkey for the kind of reforms the European Union is demanding to create a more liberal, transparent and inclusive society. 'The main concern now,' he said, 'seems to be to consolidate power, not promote reform.'
'It is the right thing,' said Alex Vines. 'But it shows the difficulties, because European politicians are thinking, ‘Well what is the exit strategy, how short can they be there?’'
'Past summits have been unable to escape the taint of Europe’s past imperialism in Africa,' said Alex Vines. 'But both Africa and Europe have changed. With multiple suitors competing for access to Africa’s natural resources and markets, European countries can no longer assume advantage of access as a neocolonial legacy.'
'It is a matter of considerable pride for the Chinese government to show that it can stand up and protect its citizens overseas. They haven't been able to show that,' said Roderic Wye.