Yayınlar / SAM Papers

  • The United Nations Peace Operations and Motivations at the Roots of Turkey’s Involvement

    Doç. Dr. Uğur Güngör

    SAM_Paper_11_kapakThis policy brief studies the evolution of United Nations peace operations and aims at analyzing the motivations that lie at the root of Turkey’s involvement in peace operations, mostly organized under the leadership of the United Nations in the post-Cold War era. The brief puts forth the argument that participation in such operations has been an identity-constructing activity in the sense that ...

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  • Demokrasi, Otoriterlik, Uluslararası Politika: Entegre Bir Yaklaşım Arayışı

    Prof. Dr. Ali Resul Usul

    Uluslararası İlişkiler literatüründe siyasal rejimlerin doğası ve uluslararası siyasete olan etkisi genel olarak Demokratik Barış Tezi (DBT) çerçevesinde tartışılmaktadır. Bu tezi, yaklaşım ya da teoriyi savunanlar ve karşı çıkanlar akademik alanlarda tartışmayı sürdürmektedirler. Bununla birlikte, DBT, sadece bir teori değil aynı zamanda devletlerin kullandıkları bir çeşit dış politika stratejisi haline de gelmiştir. Bu çalışmada genel olarak, uluslararası ilişkiler literatürünün demokrasi, ...
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  • La política Exterior de Turquía en el Siglo XXI: La Diplomacia Cultural y el Poder Blando

    Mehmet Özkan

    sam_paper_kapakLa politica turca cambio radicalmente despues del 3 de noviembre de 2002, cuando el Partido de la Justicia y el Desarrollo (AK Parti - PJD) gano suficientes escanos en el parlamento para formar un gobierno en solitario. Considerado este hecho como un terremoto politico, el PJD ha sido el primer partido que ha conseguido gobernar en mayoria en Turquia durante la ultima decada. Antes del gobierno del PJD, Turquia habia estado gobernada por ejecutivos de coalicion. La politica turca estaba muy lejos de la ...
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  • Human Rights and the Transformation Process in Turkey

    Bülent Arınç

    The increase in the number of nation-states and the violent wars of the last century has triggered the evolution of a new approach that seeks to find a place for the individual in international law. In other words, human rights has become internationalised and this is for the good of all humanity. Today, the fundamental human rights principles, such as justice, equality and freedom, have been embraced unquestionably and put into writing, which demonstrates that they were adopted by all peoples on earth. The fundamental principles of human rights include ...
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  • A Dictionary of Turkish Foreign Policy in the AK Party Era: A Conceptual Map

    Murat Yeşiltaş and Ali Balcı

    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 ...
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  • Turkey’s Regional Approach in Afghanistan: A Civilian Power in Action

    Doç. Dr. Şaban Kardaş

    Abstract

    This policy brief studies Turkey’s contributions to the resolution of the Afghan conflict by focusing on its regional approach. The brief puts forth the argument that Afghanistan provides a good show-case to demonstrate the elements of a new security culture Turkey has adopted in its post-Cold War transformation. Reflecting the growing power of civilians in the making of foreign policy, Turkey’s security culture has evolved in ways that it has embraced many liberal elements, which can be grouped under the concept of cooperative security. ...
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  • Making Sense of Turkish-EU Relations in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

    Bülent Aras

    Abstract

    Both the EU’s recognition of the importance of its value system and Turkey’s rediscovery of its European component in its foreign policy identity have occurred during a period of radical transformation in the Mediterranean region. The Arab Spring has resulted in a process of renegotiation over territory, identity and governance which has eventually fostered the idea of a new regional political community. The EU is in an advantageous position now if it truly wants to build a political community eastwards and southwards. One logical move ...
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  • Turkey’s Mediation and Friends of Mediation Initiative

    Bülent Aras

    Abstract

    This brief critically examines a new area of activism in Turkey’s foreign policy agenda: Turkey’s rise as a mediator in regional and international crises zones. It contextualizes Turkey’s reliance on a multitude of actors to support its mediation initiatives, most notably its vibrant civil society and NGOs, as a successful case of total performance, a principle forming Turkey’s new foreign policy doctrine. The brief then outlines the broad frameworks and characteristics of Turkey’s approach to mediation, as laid out by the Minister ...
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  • Turkey’s New Horizon: Turks Abroad and Related Communities

    Kemal Yurtnaç

    Abstract

    Across the world, there are many countries that have established institutions to serve and engage with their citizens and kin living abroad. Such institutions are called Diaspora Ministry/ Department in some cases, while in others they operate as independent units under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The dissolution of the Soviet Union in the late 1990s paved the way for the birth of a set of new countries that have their nationals or ethnic kin beyond their borders, and consequently increased the need to establish such institutions. The ...
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  • Religion and Secularism in the Modern World: A Turkish Perspective

    Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez

     Abstract

    This policy brief presents an alternative perspective on the relationship between religion and politics by employing an inter-disciplinary framework. Identifying two problematic approaches to the role of religion in modern world – viewing religion as an artifact of the past and neglecting the everyday realities of religion – the author proposes to view religion from a more comprehensive perspective and rejects the arguments that juxtapose religion and secularization. He argues that the Muslim world, which is going through a ...
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  • The ‘Arab Spring’ and the Rise of the 2.0 Version of Turkey’s ‘zero problems with neighbors’ Policy

    Doç. Dr. Tarık Oğuzlu

    Abstract

    This brief seeks to explain the challenges facing Turkey’s ‘zero problems with neighbors’ policy in the context of the developments associated with the ‘Arab Spring.’ How Turkey’s foreign policy understanding will be affected by the tumultuous changes in the region, and how Turkey should cope with these changes require urgent answers. The main argument of the brief is that besides bringing challenges and risks, the recent upheavals in the Middle East simultaneously offer Turkey the opportunity to elevate its existing ...
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