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Dictionary of Turkish Foreign Policy in the AK Party Era: A Conceptual Map
Sam Papers (2013)
  • Murat Yesiltas, Sakarya University
  • Ali Balcı, Sakarya University
This study aims to describe the foreign policy discourses and practices which have seen wide use in the era of the Justice and Development Party (the AK Party). Given the fact that concepts do not emerge independently of their historical context, this study argues that the AK Party government’s foreign policy can be analysed through the dominant concepts that have been used. The study also argues that what is “new” in the AK Party’s foreign policy can be understood by looking at the new concepts and conceptual changes that have occurred in that era. One of the foundational objectives of the study is to outline Turkish foreign policy in the AK Party era by bringing together pertinent concepts and assembling a dictionary of these concepts. Most of the concepts in this study have been defined in the way that they have been used by foreign policy makers, independent of their academic meanings. Lastly, this study has not ordered the concepts in any way to give special meaning or to show importance.
  • Strategic Dept,
  • Turkish Foreign Policy,
  • Civilizational Geopolitics
Publication Date
May, 2013
Publisher Statement
SAM Papers present scholarly analysis by Turkish and international academics on topics of interest to the policy community. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and should not be attributed to the Center for Strategic Research. SAM Papers is published by Center for Strategic Research (SAM). This policy brief first appeared as, Murat Yeşiltaş and Ali Balcı, “AK Parti Dönemi Türk Dış Politikası Sözlüğü: Kavramsal Bir Harita”, Bilgi, Vol. 23,Winter 2011, pp. 9 – 34; and translated into English by İbrahim Efe.
Citation Information
Murat Yesiltas and Ali Balcı. "Dictionary of Turkish Foreign Policy in the AK Party Era: A Conceptual Map" Sam Papers Vol. No 7 (2013)
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