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Conceptual Picture of Turkey's Foreign Policy after the JDP Came to Power
Gevorgyan Anna

post-graduate student of the Department of the Theory and History of International Relations at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia

117198, Russia, Moskovskaya Oblast' oblast', g. Moscow, ul. Ul. miklukho-Maklaya, 6


In his article Gevorgyan explains the meaning of the main foreign policy concepts applied by Turkish government after the Justice and Development Party came to power. The researcher analyzes the main doctrines that played the crucial role in the development of the foreign policy of Turkey as well as all new ideas of the implementation of foreign policy and the main concepts Turkish government bases its geopolitical targets on. Gevorgyan demonstrates the historical and political content of Ottoman heritage which became an important factor of domestic and foreign doctrinal evolution of Turkey. To analyze the aforesaid issues, the author has applied the following research methods: historical method, systems approach, problematic/chronological, coomparative analysis. Analysis of Turkey's foreign policy is possible only when there is a proper analysis of concepts that make the foundation of the policy. Recent fundamental changes in the global affairs including the Greater Middle East have activated Turkey's foreign policy and have created the need to study doctrinal bases of this policy. To predict further foreign 'practical' policy of Turkey, it is necessary to analyze associated foreign policy doctrines. Foreign policy processes that followed the JDP's coming to power as well as analysis of such concepts as 'strategical depth', 'central state', 'problem-free neighborhood', 'energy hub' demonstrate that active foreign policy of Turkey has a well-defined conceptual basis, thus foreign policy realities are generally based on the concepts that give another view of Turkey's foreign policy and were offered by the JDP. 

Keywords: strategic depth, Ahmet Davutoglu, multi-dimensional foreign policy, Greater Middle East, Turkey, center state, regional power, JDP, foreign policy concepts, Turkey’s foreign policy



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