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The author of this paper points out the pragmatic nature of the Turkish public and state when it comes to domestic and regional priorities. The idea that Turkey is in search of an identity or that historical hostilities govern regional relations are some of the assumptions which Mango believes lead to a misunderstanding of Turkey. Analyzing historical and domestic developments in this light, the paper puts forth that Turkey’s decisions are dictated primarily by the search for  economic well being and stability,and that Turkey’s prospect of  beginning of membership negotiations with the EU and  regional role  need to be evaluated in this framework...Please click here to read the text in full.

 


 

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Andrew Mango
Andrew Mango
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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