Foreign policy orientation of Turkey's pro-Islamist parties: A comparative study of the AKP and Refah
Dikici Bilgin, Hasret (2008) Foreign policy orientation of Turkey's pro-Islamist parties: A comparative study of the AKP and Refah. Turkish Studies, 9 (3). pp. 407-421. ISSN 1468-3849 (Print) 1743-9663 (Online)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14683840802267363
This study aims to discuss the foreign policies of the pro-Islamist parties in Turkey by comparing the party programs and policies of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) and the Welfare Party (Refah Partisi). By focusing on programs and policies separately, it is argued that pro-Islamist elements in the establishment and program of the parties do not necessarily translate to actual policies, particularly in foreign affairs. Moreover, pro-Islamist political parties are not monolithic in terms of member composition; the parties also differ from each other. Finally, the parties might have different policies in the domestic context while employing a more pragmatic and traditionalist perspective in terms of foreign policy.
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