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China, The United States, and the Future of Central AsiaU.S.-China Relations, Volume I$
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David B.H. Denoon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479844333

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479844333.001.0001

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Ambitions of Grandeur

Ambitions of Grandeur

Understanding Turkey’s Foreign Policy in a Changing World

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(p.296) 11 Ambitions of Grandeur
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China, The United States, and the Future of Central Asia
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Joshua W. Walker

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479844333.003.0011

This chapter looks at Turkish foreign policy. In recent years, Turkey—with its combination of economic pragmatism and soft power appeal as a Muslim-majority secular democracy with a conservative and pious Muslim leader—has fared much better compared to other Muslim-majority nations in global affairs. Discarding its former policies of disengagement in international politics, Turkey has transformed into a truly global player whose reach now extends beyond its geographic neighborhood. Indeed, Turkey has emerged in the twenty-first century stronger than it has ever been in its modern history, evolving from a peripheral player into Europe's most dynamic actor and economy.

Keywords:   Turkish foreign policy, Turkey, Muslim-majority secular democracy, international politics, Ankara

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