Turkey's New Foreign Policy Orientation, A Threat to the West?

dc.contributor.advisorDestler, I. M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorIltebir, Elnigaren_US
dc.contributor.departmentPublic Policyen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.description.abstractTurkey, a staunch US ally and NATO member during the Cold War, experienced a transformation of its domestic and foreign policy in the last decade. It pursued a more independent and assertive foreign policy in the neighboring region, leading the critics to charge Turkey with abandoning the Western alliance and to question its commitment to strategic partnership with the United States and the EU. This dissertation uses a series of case studies on Turkey’s foreign policy in the Middle East and the Eurasia region to answer the question of whether the recent changes in Turkish foreign policy represent a fundamental reorientation of the country away from the Western alliance and to examine the dominant factors driving Turkish foreign policy during this period. The study concludes that Turkey’s foreign policy transformation in the last decade represents a significant change in the direction of autonomy, but not a fundamental reorientation of the country away from the West. The study also finds that while international factors played an important role in preparing the ground for Turkey’s foreign policy change, domestic factors, particularly Turkey’s economic interests, its new foreign policy elite and their vision, and Turkish public opinion, have been the main drivers of its foreign policy change.en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPublic policyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPolitical scienceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledTurkey EU relationsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledTurkey's foreign policy in Eurasiaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledTurkey's foreign policy in the Middle Easten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledTurkey US relationsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledTurkish foreign policyen_US
dc.titleTurkey's New Foreign Policy Orientation, A Threat to the West?en_US


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