Enabling "ambitious activism': Davutolu's vision of a new foreign policy identity for Turkey

ARKAN Z., Kinacioglu M.

TURKISH STUDIES, vol.17, no.3, pp.381-405, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14683849.2016.1185943
  • Journal Name: TURKISH STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.381-405
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Building on the argument that a state's history and location in the world are inherent parts of its foreign policy narrative which constitutes its identity, this article analyzes the spatial and temporal representations of Turkey in Ahmet Davutolu's articulation of foreign policy. It employs a critical constructivist perspective and explores how these representations have shaped the identity of the country. It contends that Davutolu's foreign policy vision for Turkey is an attempt to reconstruct the international role and responsibilities of Turkey through a transformed identity based on a reinterpretation of its historical heritage and geographic location. Further, it argues that Davutoglu's foreign policy discourse depicts Turkey as the global representative, speaker and leader of a specific community of peoples, which in turn has enabled an ambitious activism' in Turkish foreign policy, which is distinct from the previous period's proactive foreign policy.