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Transforming Turkish Foreign Policy: The Quest for Regional Leadership and Europeanisation. CEPS Commentaries, 12 November 2009

Duzgit, Senem Aydin and Tocci, Nathalie. (2009) Transforming Turkish Foreign Policy: The Quest for Regional Leadership and Europeanisation. CEPS Commentaries, 12 November 2009. [Policy Paper]

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    Turkish foreign policy today is far more proactive and multi-dimensional than at any time in the history of the republic. Turkey presents itself as a mediating power in the European neighbourhood, intent on developing relations with all actors in order to promote peace and regional integration. This foreign policy line could be considered as an asset for Turkey’s prospects of EU membership. The current EU discourse of constructing Europe as a ‘global actor’ necessitates a strong EU presence in the wider neighbourhood. A Turkey that can effectively use its soft power resources could significantly help to remedy the weakness of the EU presence in these regions. Furthermore, it could help prevent the region’s sources of instability from spilling over into the EU. In many respects, Turkey may be viewed as ‘doing the European Neighbourhood Policy’ for the EU. Nevertheless, this contribution is dependent on certain conditions. In this new Commentary, Senem Aydın Düzgit (Lecturer at the Istanbul Bilgi University and Associate Research Fellow at CEPS and Nathalie Tocci (Senior Research Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome and Associate Research Fellow at CEPS) argue for a ‘rational’ debate on Turkey, in the interests of both Turkey’s democratic future and of the EU’s chances of becoming an effective global power in the 21st century.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Turkey
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010
    Page Range: p. 2
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:34

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