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Turkish Foreign Relations in the Post-Cold War Era

Keywords: EU , Turkey , regional integration , negotiations , foreign policy

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This article deals with the orientation of Turkish foreign policy in its transition from the Cold War to the post-Cold War period. During the Cold War, the Turkish Government ran its foreign policy believing in the uniformity of the Western Alliance (the United States and Europe) and in close co-operation with the West, especially with the United States. After the changes which have occurred in the international arena in the last few years, this orientation has changed to the point where it can be stated that the Turkish governmental elites have other opportunities and alternatives. With regard to the EU, the article underscores the idea that if Turkey continues progressing toward accession, some day this country couldplay an important role in the design of EU policy in the eastern Mediterranean.

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