WHY DOES TURKEY PRIORITIZES ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) COOPERATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA RELATIONS?

2022-5
Abanozoğlu, Merve Naz
The thesis' main aim is to focus on the relations between Turkey and Southeast Asia region in the historical sense. The thesis gives importance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was established on 8th August 1967, and has a Sectoral Dialogue Partnership with Turkey. The historical analysis aims to respond to the changing role of Southeast Asia and ASEAN in Turkish Foreign Policy. In this sense, as a subgoal, the thesis focuses on ASEAN's role and importance in the world order. It analyses the relations in the historical mind by considering the relations between Turkey and analysing both the region and its importance in the global sense of Turkey. Examining Turkey's comparative historical approach to ASEAN and Southeast Asia, the thesis includes the policies of Necmettin Erbakan, Ahmet Davutoğlu and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu eras. To answer the subgoal of the research question, "ASEAN Centrality" and "ASEAN Way" concepts are included in the research to bilateral relations of Turkey and members of ASEAN. Those concepts also enlighten the role and importance of ASEAN for Turkey too. In a general sense, with qualitative analysis in history and cases, the aim is to highlight how the attitudes changed. ASEAN has an essential role for Turkey in active Southeast Asia policies. The main research question on these issues is "Why does Turkey give importance to the ASEAN in Turkey's changing foreign policy?" and will discuss the strategic transition from D8 to ASEAN.
Citation Formats
M. N. Abanozoğlu, “WHY DOES TURKEY PRIORITIZES ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) COOPERATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA RELATIONS?,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.