Turkish Regionalism: Partnerships, Tactfulness, and National Interests with Europe and Beyond

By Giuseppe Tommaso Cirella.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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Strategic analysis of Turkey’s national interests is based upon economic, regional, and political options; these choices demand a domestic redesign of policy and decisions in respect to regional partnerships. It is feasible that Turkey will continue to look to the European Union (EU) for future policy reform and standards, while maintaining economic and political links with countries in the surrounding regions. Probable evidence also indicates that Turkey’s economy will reach an acceptable EU standard provided it undertakes precautionary economic reforms, improves regional melding, and undergoes a political clean-up of the factors currently undermining its society. The examination of Turkish society includes its strategic options for economic development and choice for regional partnerships. A focus of the study looks at Europe as a whole, as well as Turkey’s integral part as a Mediterranean-based country.

Keywords: Turkey, Regionalism, Eurasian Bridge State, EU enlargement

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 8, Issue 1, November 2014, pp.23-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 11, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 379.279KB)).

Dr. Giuseppe Tommaso Cirella

Researcher, Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen, Bolzano, Italy