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Turkey - the "New Iran": Revolution & Foreign Policy
Academy for Strategic Analyses (2016)
  • Zenonas Tziarras
One of the most important side-effects of the turmoil in the Middle East has been the crisis in Turkey’s relations with its Western partners. However, the events taking place in the Middle East or the Syria war are not the root causes of this friction; merely a triggering factor. The real reasons lie in the multileveled transformation, a sort of “revolution”, that Turkey has been going through over the past years and particularly since the election of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, or AKP) to power in 2002. These domestic changes usher in a new era for Turkey’s political scene that has many similarities – as well as differences – with Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1979. As a result, its national identity and ideological orientation shifts, something that undoubtedly impacts its foreign policy preferences, and as such will pose significant challenges to Western actors that try to work with Turkey and secure their interests in the region.
Publication Date
July, 2016
Citation Information
Zenonas Tziarras. "Turkey - the "New Iran": Revolution & Foreign Policy" Academy for Strategic Analyses Vol. Working Paper no. 52 (2016) ISSN: 2407-9863
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