Politics at home, politics in the world: The return of the political in Turkish foreign policy

Aktay Y.

Mediterranean Quarterly, vol.21, no.1, pp.61-75, 2010 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1215/10474552-2009-034
  • Title of Journal : Mediterranean Quarterly
  • Page Numbers: pp.61-75


Yasin Aktay focuses on the return of the political in Turkish foreign policy. Conservative and dogmatic considerations of limits in political life are typical obstacles to change. They play a role in the closing of areas to political action that might change one's given situation, which has been established through habitus that could be called the status quo. Turkey was founded on the remains of an empire after paying heavy prices for its salvation in the form of long-standing war conditions. The most important lesson that was derived was to be extremely meticulousness in conserving what remained at hand. The process that transformed this principle into an official ideology also transformed Anatolia into a prison surrounded by enemies on all sides. The neighbors, all former parts of the Ottoman commonwealth, became enemies. Adopting an official posture of freezing problems, relationships, and enterprises is the main reason for the international situation.