Turkey's Northern Iraq Policy: Competing Perspectives
This article argues that Turkey's approach towards the Kurds of northern Iraq provides analysts with an opportunity to demonstrate that the traditional frontiers between foreign and domestic policy realms have gradually become blurred. The main contention is that the way of definingTurkey's foreign and security policy interests vis-a-vis northern Iraq has been increasingly informed by domestic concerns to re-construct Turkey national identity at home. In this context, two alternatives discourses vie for influence. The first is the so-called Iiberal-integrationist approach, advocated mainly by pro-European liberals, the AKP leadership, and the Kurdish elites who are currently doing politics under the roof of the Democratic Society Party within Parliament. The second is the so-called realist-exclusivist approach supported by the traditional security elites in Turkey as well as the main opposition party in the Parliament, namely the Republican People's Party.
Geopolitical Realities Kurdistan Regional Government AK Party CHP Domestic Politics Race & Ethnicity
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