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The article focuses on Turkish search for a “third option,” a foreign policy that radiates greater independence and a claim for regional power status. AKP (Justice and Development Party) government, which came to power with no coherent foreign policy, has become most comfortable within the emerging “third option” framework, a move that both suits the party’s domestic internal agenda but also the needs to rediscover Turkey’s strategic assets. It is argued that Turkey’s new foreign policy line has so far harmed its relations with both the U.S. and Israel, for very little return.

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Anat Lapidot Firilla
Anat Lapidot Firilla
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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