Turkey under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government since 2002 has been subjected to radical changes in both its domestic politics and its external relations. The impact of religious identity and values have become more visible in Turkish politics as a party with Islamic sensibilities came to power. During its early years, the AKP continued the pro-Western foreign policy direction of the previous governments. However, as the party solidified its power, a more assertive and active policy, very much emanating from the leadership's understanding of history and self-definition, was implemented. Consequently, a country with leadership ambitions in its region and beyond has emerged, which became manifested in the slogan: "The world is greater than five."