Magic Blend or Dangerous Mix? : Exploring the Role of Religion in Transforming Turkish Foreign Policy from a Theoretical Perspective

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Magic Blend or Dangerous Mix? : Exploring the Role of Religion in Transforming Turkish Foreign Policy from a Theoretical Perspective
Author Sadik, Giray
Date 2012
English abstract
In the aftermath of 9/11, Islam has been put at the heart of heated debates about the role of religion in foreign policy. In the following year of 2002, the election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to government has brought new questions to the table about how Turkey can respond to the changes in its transforming environment, and whether Turkey would transform its foreign policy. Considering the moderate Islamist background of the AKP government and its pro-active foreign policy toward Muslim countries, there is a need to explore the processes of how Islam has become an appealing ground for constructing an identity-based Turkish foreign policy. To project if (or how) this transformation is likely to last beyond the AKP, one needs to delineate how Islam interacts with geopolitics when crafting Turkish foreign policy. The article explores this interaction within the context of transforming Turkish foreign policy by benefitting from theoretical insights of constructivism and realism.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14683849.2012.717447 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Turkish Studies;3
Volume 13
ISSN 1468-3849
Pages 293-317
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15661 Permalink to this page
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