The growing debate on TFP is likely to evolve in parallel with the activities of foreign policy makers in neighboring regions and beyond. The academics and experts aim to understand and explain TFP, while policy makers pursue a multidimensional policy line with adjustments necessitated by the changing situations on the ground. The duty of the scientific community is to provide a framework of analysis for understanding and explaining broader long-term trends in foreign policy. There is also a growing need for semi-academic analyses that not only offer policy recommendations but also present policy analyses in terms understandable by the ordinary public. The analyses may differ depending on whether the study is pursued from a generalist perspective, is based on a regional approach, or deals with the specifics of a country’s foreign policy. Studies analyzing current affairs encounter a major challenge: the difficulty of presenting a complete picture of events while dealing with a rapidly evolving situation.
TFP has undergone a considerable transformation driven by the imperatives of structural transformation in the domestic landscape, the changing dynamics of regional politics and the shifting balance of power in the international environment. Reforms in the political, economic and legal spheres helped Turkish policy makers to put their house in order and develop a sense of self-confidence in their foreign policies. Turkey’s internal democratization attempts also found expression in the foreign policy realm. TFP is formulated and conducted in a more democratic manner and in a pluralistic atmosphere, paying considerable attention to societal demands. TFP is also a response to the changing dynamics of the post-Cold War era and the realities of the new Turkey, which is still in the process of consolidating its democracy and strengthening its economy.