From the forthcoming Stanley Foundation book, Powers and Principles: International Leadership in a Shrinking World (Lexington Press)
March 1, 2009
by Zeyno Baran , Ian Lesser
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Modern Turkey sees itself as a responsible stakeholder, keen to adhere to international norms. Indeed, republican Turkey’s national experience has been closely entwined with the issue of the country’s identity, and with the explicit aim of becoming fully part of the West, including its norms and institutions. The Turkish case is compelling in the context of the “stakeholdership” debate because these issues of identity, affinity, and behavior remain unsettled, and because the country has entered a period of pronounced social and political flux. It is Turkey’s internal social and political struggle more than its foreign policy—particularly civil-military relations, the Kurdish issue, and resolution of the country’s deepening religious-secular divide—and the haphazard progress toward European standards, that will set the bounds of its participation in an international liberal order.
Zeyno Baran is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute.
Ian Lesser is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States
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