"Zero-Problems" in Current Turkish Foreign Policy: Cases of Syria and Greece

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The 5th Annual Internatiol Conference on Mediterranean Studies, Atina, Greece, 1 - 04 April 2012, pp.1-16

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Atina
  • Country: Greece
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-16
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Turkish foreign policy acquired a new dimension after the 2002 general parliamentary elections with the new Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Government. Ensuing years Turkey adopted a new role on its region as being a role model to the developing countries and changed its foreign policy understanding on acting more proactively. In this study, the change on Turkish foreign policy will be examined in the context of AK Party’s new perception which was built with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu’s influence. At this conjuncture, Syria and Greece were chosen for being the example, because the both states had controversial relations with Turkey on account of historical problems and both of them are in different regions. All the problems which were experienced have been affecting current economic, political and social relations. In this context, the aim of this study is to put forth the altered relations among these states through “zero-problems” perception. In conjunction with the policy change, it is sayable that the relations are in progress and developing with each passing day. The studies, such as this one, are important for showing the alterations on policy understandings of states and with the help of these studies; the chances for states which have controversial issues to iron out can be reachable.