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Turkey’s mediation initiatives between 2002 and 2015 a discourse and content analysis

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2015
Güner, Reyhan
This dissertation aims to figure out the leading motivations of Turkey to voluntarily engage in international mediation attempts as a third party. So as to ascertain why Turkey mediates, the method of the dissertation was determined as a combination of discourse analysis of speeches made by Turkey’s ministers of foreign affairs and the content analysis of the news and statements in the official website of Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since the mediation attempts of Turkey have been conducted by the ministers of foreign affairs and the relevant documents of the mediation meetings have accumulatively been in the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Concordantly, the samples of the dissertation, Afghanistan-Pakistan-Turkey Trilateral Summits in the South Asia, Turkey-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Serbia Trilateral Summit in the Balkans, Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in the Caucasus, and the Initiative of Neighboring Countries of Iraq in the Middle East, are comparatively examined. The argument of the dissertation is revolving around the inference that Turkey’s real interests are more salient than its humanitarian approach when Turkey engages in a mediation process as a third party, when it is predicated on analyzed discourses and contents.