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Understanding Divergence between Public Discourse and Turkish Foreign Policy Practice: A Neoclassical Realist Analysis

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McLean, WA, Understanding Divergence between Public Discourse and Turkish Foreign Policy Practice: A Neoclassical Realist Analysis, Turkish Studies, 16, (4) pp. 449-464. ISSN 1743-9663 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14683849.2015.1096205

Abstract

This article explores the divergence between public discourse and Turkish foreign policy practice in the context of Turkey's regional pressures. It argues that divergence occurs because elites rearrange the hierarchy of domestic ideas that connect with foreign policy. This allows them to respond to regional threats appropriately, without undue interference from domestic political forces. Thus, to achieve optimal strategic outcomes, Turkish elites use emotive language around topics less likely to impact the immediate security, such as the USA and Israel, while deemphasizing higher order issues, such as Syria and Iran, which do have considerable security implications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Turkish Foreign Policy international security
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Political Science
Research Field:International Relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International Relations
Objective Field:Defence and Security Policy
Author:McLean, WA (Mr Wayne McLean)
ID Code:104918
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-11-26
Last Modified:2016-11-14
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