Turkish Foreign Policy: A Literature and Discourse Analysis

  • Birsen Erdogan


This chapter first analyses the extensive literature on Turkish foreign policy, in order to understand how academic sources signify the nodal and key points of this policy. In this section, analyses using both rational-actor model and critical methods are taken into account. Based on them, the chapter draws a general picture of the articulations of the Turkish foreign policy, such as civilisational, central-state, soft-power, and its views on the current world order. Then the chapter moves to the analyses of the statements and speeches made by Ahmet Davutoglu, the former prime minister and minister of foreign affairs. This part explains Davutoglu’s notion of foreign policy, the Middle East, Arab Spring, and also historical transformations and Turkey’s political subjectivity as a unique and distinct order-creating state.


Turkish foreign policy Minister of foreign affairs Arab Spring Nodal points Subjectivity 

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  • Birsen Erdogan
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  1. 1.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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