Reform and capacity building in the Turkish foreign ministry: bridging the gap between ideas and institutions
Aras, Bülent (2015) Reform and capacity building in the Turkish foreign ministry: bridging the gap between ideas and institutions. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 17 (3). pp. 269-285. ISSN 1944-8953 (Print) 1944-8961 (Online)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19448953.2015.1063271
Turkey has expanded the horizons of its foreign policy in geographical terms, as well as in terms of Ankara's involvement in global issues and in international organizations. Turkey's new foreign policy and line of geopolitical thought marks a considerable degree of discontinuity with the previous era. Turkey's ambition is to take on a central role in world politics under the guidance of the foreign policy vision of former Foreign Minister and current Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. This paper analyses the extent to which Turkey's Foreign Ministry has been able to transform itself in accordance with the new geopolitical thinking under Davutoğlu. It focuses on the capacity building and reform of the Foreign Ministry to understand how policymakers bridge the gap between ideas and institutions to ensure that the geopolitical perspective is an enduring and long-term project.
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