The role of soft power factor in Turkey's Africa policy

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Uludağ Üniversitesi, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: Turkish




This study investigates the role of soft power in Turkey's Africa policy in the context of constructivism. Turkey had lived various identity transformations since the foundation of the republic, and lived one more transformation in foreign policy after AK Party came to power in 2002. By the effect of dynamism in foreign policy Turkey lived in 2000s, Turkey has activated different foreign policy tools and instutitions. Starting from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities, Turkish Airlines, Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority and non-govermental organisations are the institutions that are quite effective in the creation of soft power. The period between the foundation of Turkish Republic and 1998 Opening to Africa Action Plan; and the transformation of relations with 1998 Opening to Africa Action Plan and the 2005 announcement of "Africa Year" have been investigated with it fundamental dimensions. As the reflection of Turkey's success in Africa policy, Turkey's Somalia policy has been examined with it fundamental parameters. In the context of changing dynamics of foreign policy, Turkey's soft power elements in Africa policy and the effect of these elements in short and middle run have been analyzed.