Turkey’s foreign aid policy towards Central Asia from a comparative perspective

Kılıç, Gülay
The objective of this thesis is to examine the basic factors that motivate Turkey’ foreign aid policy towards Central Asia from a comparative perspective. Generally, the development aid aims eliminating the problems that have arisen from underdevelopment and contributing to regional and universal peace. In addition to this holistic goal, there are several other motivating factors. This thesis explores the reasons behind the foreign assistance programs of Turkey, the United States, Japan, and Russia towards Central Asia which ensure the development of the Central Asian countries and their integration within the international system. From a comparative perspective of the development aid provided by Turkey to the region and the aid provided by the other donor countries will also be presented. This thesis, argues that Turkey does not provide development assistance to the Central Asian countries merely as a result of its foreign policy interests, but also it aims to integrate these countries with the international system. This thesis consists of four chapters other than introduction and conclusion chapter. The second chapter examines relationship between foreign aid and foreign policy. The third chapter explores general characteristics of post- Soviet Central Asia. The forth chapter discuses Turkey’s foreign aid policy towards Central Asia and the fifth chapter examines other donors’ foreign aid policy towards Central Asia.


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Citation Formats
G. Kılıç, “Turkey’s foreign aid policy towards Central Asia from a comparative perspective,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.