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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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Turkish Foreign Policy Gripped by the Change and Differentiating Position of the Kurdish Regional Government


Abstract: The change in the Turkish Foreign Policy after the Cold War has brought along the differentiation of unidimensional foreign policy which is shaped over the country’s NATO membership and expressed within the context of the EU accession objective. Especially in the period after the millennium, the new Turkish Foreign Policy, which is aimed to be theorized over the soft power theory and mutual interdependence approach, is aimed to be given a meaning in the axis of historical experience and socio-cultural complementariness. The main objective of Turkish Foreign Policy after the millennium is headed towards becoming a regional balancer. The Middle East Policy, for which historical and socio-cultural elements as well as religion play an important role as a founding factor on the other hand, is one of the most important elements of the Turkish Foreign Policy in the new period as designed by Ahmet Davutoğlu. The relations to be developed with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), however, will be a point to prove that Turkey can improve its relations with an actor with whom it is having problems in the context of the Middle East and it is consistent in its foreign policy. In addition, this alliance relationship to be created may lead to a significant political/regional awareness in the context of Turkey’s struggle with PKK and the Kurdish problem as well as the KRG’s administrative issues experienced with the Iraqi government.

Keywords: Middle East, the Kurdish Regional Government, Kirkuk, PKK, Energy.

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