Turkey and the alliance of civilizations: Norm adoption as a survival strategy*

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Tis article asks why Turkey recently adopted the emerging international norm of inter-civilizational dialogue as one of its foreign policy priorities. In addressing this question, we turn frst to an assessment of the limitations of normative and realist arguments, then suggest that the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) considerations of domestic political survival were necessary factors in the adoption of inter- civilizational dialogue, even though in and of themselves, they were not sufcient. Te AK Party government, circumscribed by the secularist establishment, strategically adopted the norm of inter-civilizational dialogue to create a legitimate space for its survival in Turkey's domestic political sphere. Tis conclusion stems from the theoretical fnding that in those states in which political power is not concentrated in the government, the domestic political considerations of the government gain priority in foreign poli carmaking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-75
Number of pages19
JournalInsight Turkey
Volume11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 27 2009

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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