Turkey's neighborhood policy: An emerging complex interdependence?

Renda K. K.

Insight Turkey, vol.13, no.1, pp.89-108, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : Insight Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.89-108


In this paper, I argue that a fuller understanding of the recent activism in Turkish foreign policy, and in particular the changing nature of relations with its  neighbors, requires us to engage in the study of the increasing economic interdependence and the analysis of broadly redefined national interests. Therefore, this paper aims to explain Turkey’s relations with its neighbors through the liberal model put forth by Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye, which underlines the importance of interdependence and cooperation among states. I argue that the new activism in Turkish foreign policy seems, at least to me, to facilitate international cooperation among regional actors and to create a “complex interdependence” between Turkey and its neighborhood.