April 2014
Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Toxicology;Spring2014, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p110
Academic Journal
Given the central participation of both private business interests and the government in foreign economic engagement, this paper seeks to identify the driving force behind Turkey's increased economic activity in the Middle East. Focusing on Turkey's relationship with the region through an economic lens clarifies the current balance maintained between foreign policy officials and representatives of the private sector. The paper presents an analysis based on literature review and relevant policy concepts to provide a theoretical framework for defining Turkey's relationship with the Middle East. Under this framework the paper provides an overview of these historically-rooted relations, with a focus on the gradual but significant policy shift that occurred with the AKP's rise to power. A retrospective analysis of this shift reveals that the Turkish government did indeed initiate Turkey's economic ties in the Middle East, with business interests reinforcing and continuing to push forth these trends. Such an analysis allows for a more holistic contextualization and evaluation the AKP's current policies, especially as recent turmoil and political developments in the Middle East call into question the long-term viability of Turkey's economic stakes in the region. Indeed, understanding Turkey's motives is imperative in identifying cogent policy implications and relevant conclusions.


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