Turkey has always been a land where East meets West.
It is a crossroads between Europe and Asia, and its capital, Istanbul, has been a hub of trade and culture for centuries.
In recent years, however, Turkey has been turning its back on the West, and embracing a more Islamic identity.
This has led to increased tensions with the secular government, and a series of protests and violence in Istanbul.
In order to quell the unrest, the government has taken drastic measures, including turning Istanbul into an island.
By building a massive new airport and a series of bridges and causeways, they are effectively cutting off the city from the rest of the country.
This will make it much easier to control who comes in and out of the city, and to keep an eye on any potential troublemakers.
It is a controversial move, and one that is sure to further alienate Turkey from the West.
But for the moment, it appears to be working, and the city is calm.
Only time will tell how long this uneasy peace will last.