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Foreign policy and political leadership: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Angela Merkel

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2020
Açıkalın, Şuay Nilhan
This thesis analyzes to highlight Erdoğan and Merkel’s influence on foreign policy making vis-à-vis Syrian refugee crisis and Western Balkan region. In this respect, a new political leadership model called SNA Leadership Model is developed to analyze two leaders’ influence on foreign policy making in the selected case studies. Under this model, this thesis also highlight how background of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Angela Merkel shape their approaches and behaviors. As a result of this holistic and multidimensional analysis, it is possible to conclude that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Angela Merkel have been prominent political figure in the Syrian refugee crisis and Western Balkan region thanks to their foreign policy formulation their vision and values, which sourced from their countries’ and personal background.