Resetting Turkish Foreign Policy in the Wake of the Arab Spring and Its Impact on Turkish Activism in the Middle East

By Omer Kurtbag.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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This paper seeks to analyse the recent Arab Spring and its impact on Turkey’s newly activist foreign policy in the Middle East. It first examines the emergence of this new foreign policy line under the governing Justice and Development Party. Then it discusses the question of how the Arab revolts affected the conduct of Turkish foreign policy and argues that they forced Turkey to adapt its foreign policy to the new realities of the region. It thirdly elaborates on a discussion of how applicable and relevant the Turkish experience, called the ‘Turkish model’, is for the Arab nations.

Keywords: Turkey, Arab Spring, Foreign Policy, Middle East

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.19-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 359.026KB).

Dr. Omer Kurtbag

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat, Turkey

I graduated from the University of Uludağ, Department of International Relations. After I received an MA degree in international relations at Ankara University, I completed my PhD in international relations at the same institution. I am currently working as an assistant professor at Gaziosmanpaşa University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. My research interests are the theories of international relations, EU enlargement, EU - Turkey relations, Turkish foreign policy, and U.S. foreign policy. I teach international relations, international organizations, and EU - Turkey relations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I was granted by the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme, Turkey, as a visiting doctoral researcher at Middlesex University in 2005-2006. I was also funded by the Turkish Higher Education Council as a short-term visiting scholar at East Carolina University, USA, between June 2010 and September 2010.