An Institutional approach to Turkey’s relations with Central Asian countries

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2013
Eren, Özden
The objective of this thesis is to examine the development of relations between Turkey and the five Central Asian Republics, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan in an institutional framework. In this context, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, the Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities, the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries and the International Organization of Turkic Culture are analyzed in terms of both their structural features and their activities and projects in Central Asia. The thesis is based on the institutional theory in order to reflect the impact of institutions in Turkey’s relations with Central Asian Republics. Moreover, this thesis focuses on the institutionalization steps which took place in 2000’s in line with the new dynamics in Turkish foreign policy during the period. As such, it argues that institutionalization process, which has been realized both by the establishment of new institutions dealing with the region and structural changes made in these institutions contributed to the development of bilateral relations between Turkey and Central Asian Republics.

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Ö. Eren, “An Institutional approach to Turkey’s relations with Central Asian countries,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.