Foreign Policy as an Identity Marker: Understanding Turkey’s De-Alignment from the EU


Date: Feb 12, 2015

Speaker:
Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Associate Professor of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

Event video

This talk begins with the argument that despite the burgeoning literature on Turkish foreign policy, there has been little theoretically informed study on the identity-related implications of Turkish foreign policy in the Davutoglu era. Prof. Aydın-Düzgit argues that discourses on key events and issues in Turkish foreign policy enable the construction of a national identity, which has implications for policies at the domestic level as well as for Turkey’s relations with the European Union.

Senem Aydın-Düzgit is an Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her main research interests include EU enlargement, EU-Turkey relations, discourse studies, politics of identity and democratization. She is the author of Constructions of European Identity: Debates and Discourses on Turkey and the EU (Palgrave, 2013).

Co-sponsored by the European Institute and the Middle East Institute.

Date: Feb 12, 2015

Speaker:
Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Associate Professor of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

Event video

This talk begins with the argument that despite the burgeoning literature on Turkish foreign policy, there has been little theoretically informed study on the identity-related implications of Turkish foreign policy in the Davutoglu era. Prof. Aydın-Düzgit argues that discourses on key events and issues in Turkish foreign policy enable the construction of a national identity, which has implications for policies at the domestic level as well as for Turkey’s relations with the European Union.

Senem Aydın-Düzgit is an Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her main research interests include EU enlargement, EU-Turkey relations, discourse studies, politics of identity and democratization. She is the author of Constructions of European Identity: Debates and Discourses on Turkey and the EU (Palgrave, 2013).

Co-sponsored by the European Institute and the Middle East Institute.

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