Turkish foreign policy in the post-Arab Spring era: from proactive to buffer state
Keyman, Fuat (2016) Turkish foreign policy in the post-Arab Spring era: from proactive to buffer state. (Accepted/In Press)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2016.1199260
Our globalising world is presently in a state of global turmoil. Risk, uncertainty, and insecurity are the terms that shape global/regional/national/local affairs and developments. The refugee crisis and the war against ISIL constitute the twin crises creating seismic impacts and consequences that in turn escalate risk and turmoil. Turkey is situated at the heart of these two crises, being very much affected by them and, therefore, perceived as a pivotal actor in the way in which the West is dealing with them. Yet, the West’s current instrumentalist and functionalist approach to Turkey as a buffer state designed to contain these two crises in the MENA does not offer an effective and sustainable solution to these crises, much less provide the stability and order that is direly needed in regional and global affairs.
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