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Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium

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-Japanese Relations: A Descriptive Assessment


Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to propose a descriptive framework to readers on the relations of Turkey and Japan during the prewar and postwar periods. The paper has two main sections. The section on the prewar period reveals that the relations between Turkey and Japan are not profound in political, economic, or cultural arenas. One significant reason may be that the two countries had nearly no points of intersection during their phases of expansion and development. While Japan followed a policy of isolation until the 1860s and began a modernisation process thereafter, during this period, the Ottoman Empire exercised a policy of westernisation in politics and government. In the postwar period section, the two countries increased their high level of diplomatic visits and talks to develop further bilateral economic, political, and cultural ties. However, this paper emphasises that only recently have the bilateral economic and political ties between these countries flourished. The conclusion stresses that 2012 is a turning point in the development of relations between the two countries. They are emphasising their shared values and interests, transforming their newly emerging ‘strategic cooperation’ into a sustainable and constructive partnership.

Keywords: Turkish-Japanese Relations.

I. Prewar Period: From the 1860s to the end of the Second World War

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