Ahmet davutoʇlu's foreign policy understanding: A blend of westernist and multiculturalist Eurasianism


Arab World Geographer, vol.17, no.3, pp.275-289, 2014 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Name: Arab World Geographer
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.275-289
  • Keywords: Ahmet Davutoglu, Eurasianism, Multiculturalist Eurasianism, Turkish Eurasianism, Turkish foreign policy, Westernist Eurasianism
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2014 GEO Publishing, Toronto Canada.Given that Turkey has increasingly been pursuing an active and multidimensional foreign policy since the end of the Cold War, discourses of Eurasianism have been perceived as one of the dynamics of this foreign policy course. In particular, Turkish foreign policy has undergone significant changes in its understanding during the Davutoglu era, beginning in 2002. Accordingly, it may be claimed that Westernist and multiculturalist Eurasianism discourses have frequently been interpreted by the polity and consequently implemented in foreign policy-making in Turkey. This article examines how Turkish Eurasianism and its various discourses have been embraced and implemented by Ahmet Davutoglu, first as a foreign minister and then as the prime minister of the Republic of Turkey. In the examination of this era, the discourses of Turkish Eurasianism are also briefly conceptualized and presented.