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The Emergence of Kantian Culture in Turkish Foreign Policy (1980-2012): A Holistic Constructivist Approach

There is hardly a more thought-provoking subject in the contemporary political history of Turkey than the country’s transforming state identity vis-à-vis its reflection over the changing foreign policy direction and apparatuses. At this crux, the increasing influence of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on the state’s already shifting ideological orientation has been a remarkable case to tease out.

 

There is hardly a more thought-provoking subject in the contemporary political history of Turkey than the country’s transforming state identity vis-à-vis its reflection over the changing foreign policy direction and apparatuses. At this crux, the increasing influence of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on the state’s already shifting ideological orientation has been a remarkable case to tease out.

Since its foundation in 1923, the Turkish bureaucratic elites’ efforts to ensure the state’s physical existence and ‘Westernizing identity’ have found themselves in a critical dilemma: whether to break the cultural codes with its predecessor, the Ottoman Empire, and exist as a Western-oriented nation-state, or to develop its relations with the former Ottoman provinces and embrace a ‘multifaceted’ state identity.

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