Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

Considered to be merely reactionary at the beginning of the past century, Turk-ish foreign policy has undergone an important transformation in the past decade, making Turkey an influential actor in regional as well as world politics. As a result of this transformation initiated by the AKP government, observers have noticed a shift in Turkey’s foreign policy from the West to the East. However, as this article will try to demonstrate, neither is the West an alternative to the East, nor is the East an alternative to the West.
 
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Laura Batalla Adam
Laura Batalla Adam
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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