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Theorizing the Change: A Neoclassical Realist Approach to Turkish Foreign Policy

Mehmet Şahin


The Turkish foreign policy (TFP) after the Cold War had been based on traditional institutionalized values. In 2009, the governing party consolidated its power and additionally, the international environment provided more space for decision-makers. As a result, the government seeks to change foreign policy preferences in accordance with its agenda. This article examines this change from a neoclassical realist perspective and argues that due to lack of systemic pressure, Turkey can seek new alignments in the Middle East, rather than overlapping its interests with the West.

Keywords: Neoclassical realism, Turkish foreign policy

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pp. 483–500