After years of being snubbed by the European Union, Turkey has turned to its immediate neighbors for economic enrichment. As a result, Turkey’s economy and exchange traded fund (ETF) could continue to see gains next year.

In the last couple of years, Turkey economy has been augmented by increased exports to its Middle East and north African neighbors, extending pipelines for transferring energy, more air traffic and a number of infrastructure projects, according to The Economist. (Does Turkey need more support?)

Turkey is starting to utilize the soft power of trade and historical links to stabilize the country’s position in the Middle East. Reform needed to meet EU membership has prodded the government to look inward and what resulted was a greater stability in the region.

The realignment of interests has allowed Turkey to gain greater ties with its Muslim neighbors, and the country help bridge the Western countries with the Middle East.