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VIADUCT Policy Papers

VIADUCT organises the publication of eight excellent policy papers by junior and senior academics.
The objective of the Policy Paper Series is to communicate and diffuse research results to a non-academic audience, particularly practitioners and policy makers.

The policy papers should be related to VIADUCT's four cross-sectorial issues: 'People', 'Power', 'Resources' and 'the EU's future'. It is planned (though subject to change) to have two papers each on

  • Migration and Identity (‘People’);
  • Security and Politics (‘Power’);
  • Energy and Economics (‘Resources’);
  • the ‘EU’s Future’.

 

 

 

The second VIADUCT Policy paper by Ufuk Elif Rodoplu is titled "Europeanization and De-Europeanization Process of Turkish Foreign Policy" .The paper focuses on changes in Turkey’s foreign policy in light of the framework of Europeanization. Although at the beginning Turkey was a candidate country which trying to fit it’s both domestic and foreign policy with the European Union, after 2010 it has diverged from the “EU path”. This paper aims to discuss where the Turkish foreign policy currently stands and how it has been shaped by external and internal factors. The author Ufuk Elif Rodoplu is a double degree graduate student in European Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University and European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). She completed her undergraduate studies at Sabancı University in the Department of International Studies.

This policy paper aims at examining the democratic potential of Turkish civil society and seeks to outline policy initiatives that could strengthen societal bonds between Turkey and the European Union (EU). Such measures could have a positive effect on the Turkey-EU-relations. This paper considers the necessity of fundamental support of civil society organisations (CSOs) with pro-EU attitudes, to counterbalance the one sided support of anti-EU CSOs and the democratic setbacks since 2013. The later culminated just recently in the last presidential and general elections on 24th of June 2018 with a new and more authoritarian constitution.

 

Bu politika belgesi, Türk sivil toplumunun demokratik potansiyelini incelemeyi ve Türkiye ile Avrupa Birliği (AB) arasındaki toplumsal bağları güçlendirebilecek politika açılımlarını özetlemeyi amaçlamaktadır. Bu tür ölçümlemelerin Türkiye-AB ilişkileri üzerinde olumlu bir etkisi olabileceği düşünülmektedir. Bu belge, AB karşıtı STK'ların tek taraflı yaklaşımlarının ve 2013’ten bu yana olan demokratik gerilemenin dengelenmesi açısından, AB yanlısı sivil toplum örgütlerinin (STK'lar) temel desteklerinin gerekliliğini göz önüne almaktadır. Demokratik gerileme, 24 Haziran 2018 tarihindeki başkanlık seçimi ve genel seçimler sonucu kabul edilen yeni ve daha otoriter bir anayasa ile son dönemde doruğa çıkmıştır. 

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