PERCEPTIONS OF TURKEY AND FRANCE IN WEST AFRICA: THE CASES OF MALIAN AND SENEGALESE STUDENTS IN TURKEY

2023-1-9
Dalar, Zekeriyya
This study aims to disclose perceptions of Turkey and France in West Africa within the framework of soft power and public diplomacy. Furthermore, the study questions Turkey’s and France’s prospects on the continent in the long run. To this end, Malian and Senegalese postgraduate students have been chosen as cases. Evaluating perceptions and attitudes of those students in these two cases is worthwhile to measure the effectiveness of the public diplomacy practices of Turkey and France in the region, and yet, this undertaking is also significant for measuring Turkey’s and France’s soft power projection in West Africa. The research examines Turkey’s development of its relations with the continent and relations between France and its (ex)colonies of West Africa respectively. In the empirical chapter, ten Malian and nine Senegalese postgraduate students studying in Turkey were interviewed and their perceptions of Turkey and France are investigated. From the empirical and theoretical data, general conclusions as to how the Malian and Senegalese students receiving an education in Turkey perceive Turkey and France are drawn.
Citation Formats
Z. Dalar, “PERCEPTIONS OF TURKEY AND FRANCE IN WEST AFRICA: THE CASES OF MALIAN AND SENEGALESE STUDENTS IN TURKEY,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2023.