2009 | 2(48) | 45-80
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TURKEY'S FOREIGN POLICY IN 2007-2009: CHANGE OR CONTINUATION? (Polityka zagraniczna Turcji w latach 2007-2009: kontynuacja czy zmiana ?)

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After coming to power in Turkey towards the end of 2002, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) began to phase in a new foreign policy model, initiated at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. It complies with the 'strategic depth' doctrine - devised by Ahmet Davutoglu, an aid to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan - which draws on the country's geostrategic importance and its historical experiences in pursuing a multidirectional foreign policy, dating back to the Ottoman Empire. In July and August 2007, following successive parliamentary and presidential elections, all major positions linked to activities in the international arena were garnered by AKP people. The article seeks to answer the question of whether the post-2007 Turkey goes on with pursuing the new foreign policy model, or perhaps, a year and a half after takeover by the new government, we should conclude that the AKP is revising this policy and departing from its previous tenets. Most importantly, the question should be given thought of whether or not the Turkish state comes back to the traditional doctrine in a slightly changed shape reflecting both external and internal constraints. Another important question is about the essence of a phenomenon referred to as 'Euroasianism'.
  • Adam Szymanski, Redakcja 'Polski Przeglad Dyplomatyczny', Polski Instytut Spraw Miedzynarodowych, ul. Warecka 1a, 00-950 Warszawa, Poland
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