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Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium

Edited By Hüseyin Isıksal and Ozan Örmeci

In recent years there has been an increased public and academic interest in the new activism within Turkish foreign policy and Turkey's search for a more ambitious role. This book represents a new outlook, perception and conceptualization on Turkish Foreign Policy and offers contributions from various experts in their fields. The volume includes over forty chapters that cover ten area-based analyses including Turkey's relations with the EU, the Middle East, Cyprus and the US, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Central Asia, Latin America, the Far East and International Organizations.
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The Impact of the Arab Spring on Turkey’s Role and Relations in the Middle East


Abstract: The foreign policy of Turkey under the AKP administration has been argued to have diverged from the conventional West-oriented direction of the country, followed with few exceptions since the end of World War II. This chapter assesses change and continuity within Turkish Foreign Policy through focusing on the decision-making of the Turkish government towards the Middle East in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. It contests the ‘axis shift’ thesis by showing that many elements of the West-oriented direction remained intact. The work also examines the transformation of Turkey’s role in the Middle Eastern balance of power in recent years as the potential risks and benefits of the Arab Spring are discussed.

Keywords: Turkey-Middle East Relations, Arab Spring.


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