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This article will be an overview of the current debates about NATO in general that are held in Turkish media. Especially after September 2009, relations between NATO and Turkey have entered a new era because of the "new" foreign policy of Turkey under the AKP government, Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan and due to the ‘new’ structuring inside the NATO with the "New Strategic Concept’" This article will focus on the most heated topics about NATO in Turkish media and how they are discussed. However it also aims to display that there are a lot of deficiencies and missing points in these discussions which makes them non-exhaustive. For instance, it will be seen that the discussions in Turkey are emotional in the sense that NATO is deemed to be full of symbols and meanings that there is always something more than its image, rather than seeing just as an international institution.

 

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Nazife Ece
Nazife Ece
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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