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

  • 707 International Affairs Building, Columbia University


Senem Aydin-Düzgit, Associate Professor of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University

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. Aydin-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 Aydin-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).

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