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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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Anti-American Reflections of the Arab Spring in Turkey

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Abstract: Turkey has appeared to be one of the most influential actors during the Arab Spring. Turkish government took a positive approach and actively engaged in the Arab Spring after a short hesitation for renewing the country’s “zero problems with neighbors” policy. However, unlike Turkish government and state, Turkish media and public opinion seemed very polarized and equally divided into two parts in interpreting and reflecting the Arab Spring. On the one hand, there was the optimist and pro-Western side mostly consisted of Justice and Development Party’s conservative circles as well as liberals and social democrats. On the other hand, there was the pessimist and anti-American side mostly consisted of anti-imperialist leftists, nationalists and radical Islamists. Anti-American reflections of the Arab Spring focused on the pro-American character of these regime transitions, but they used orientalist arguments by ignoring Arab people’s increasing demands for democracy and human rights and treated Arab people as objects rather than subjects and thus, exaggerated the American power.

Keywords: Arab Spring, Turkish Foreign Policy, Anti-Americanism.

1. Arab Spring: What is it?

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