The Debate on “Turkey as a Role Model” (1990-2011)

This article revisits the debate on the idea of Turkey as a role model by bringing together Turkish and Middle Eastern perspectives between the Justice and Development Party’s (JDP) rise to government in 2002 and the popular uprisings in the Middle East between 2010 and 2011. Participants to the debate were clearly divided over the virtues of the Turkish political system. However, in the Middle East, they were united in their appreciation of the democratic nature of then Turkish foreign policy-making and its balanced approach. Therefore, even though Turkey as a role model idea may not be put into practice, in the period under analysis it is clear that Turkey’s presence with its strengths and weaknesses led to lesson-drawing in the region.
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Z. Torun, “The Debate on “Turkey as a Role Model” (1990-2011),” Avrasya Etüdleri, pp. 7–32, 2016, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: 20Et C3 BCdleri 2049. 20Say C4 B1 20(1).pdf.