Turkey Entering the European Union through the Balkan Doors: In the Style of a Great Power?

Middle East Studies Online Journal- ISSN 2109-9618- Issue n°6. Volume 3 ( Summer 2011)

Etudes  du Moyen-Orient. N°6. Volume 3. ( Eté 2011)

.2011دراسات الشرق الأوسط، مجلة فكرية محكمة. العدد السادس . المجلد الثالث صيف

 

By Bedrudin Brljavac*

Abstract: Confronting an increasing EU opposition from a number of influential member states to its membership the AKP government adopted a multilateral approach to its foreign policy making resulting in dynamic economic and diplomatic policies with the countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Balkans region. In this article we analyzed the effects and consequences of a paradigmatic shift in Turkish foreign policy in the western Balkans in relation to the country’s EU membership prospects. Through its pro-active economic and diplomatic initiatives in the region Turkey has been proving itself as indispensable country for the European Union membership. Thus, if the Turkish government concentrates more on solving its internal problems and continues its pro-active diplomacy in western Balkans, among other regions, it could become not only a regional but also a global power.

Keywords: Turkey, Foreign Policy, European Union, Western Balkans, Great power, Soft Power. 

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* Bedrudin Brljavac received his B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He completed the Master Programme in European Affairs (MEA) at Lund University in Sweden as the scholarship holder of the Swedish Institute. Since November 2010 he works at the Quality Office in International Burch University, Sarajevo. Meanwhile he has worked in national and international projects and has regularly written columns for national and international magazines and daily newspapers. In addition, he has had several translations from English and Turkish into Bosnian. His research interests are Transnational Relations, International Norms, Soft Power, Europeanization, EU Enlargement Policy, Human Capital, Education Policy, Democratization Theory, And Western Balkans Politics.

 

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