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Is the Westernization Process Losing Pace in Turkey: Who's to Blame?

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The logic of interest, which has gained considerable ground in foreign policy formulation in Turkey, is not rooted in Western identity, nor is it contingent upon the degree of interaction exclusively with the Western world. The entire world has equal prominence in Turkey's foreign policy orientation. Whether the prevalence of the logic of interest in the formulation of Turkish foreign policy under the “post-Islamist” AKP government signifies a deviation from the Westernization process or whether it is simply a reaction to the conjunctural developments in the international arena in order to preserve Turkey's national interests is seriously debated. This paper aims to contribute to this debate by shedding light on the background of developments both inside and outside Turkey.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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