Diaspora Turks and Perceived Kin Communities in Turkish Foreign Policy: Examples from Europe and the Middle East

Led by Mete Hatay
Jan 2019 - Dec 2019

​​Since 2002, Turkey under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has developed its "soft power," exerting ideological power and influence through a number of means abroad. One important such means is the use of ethnic and religious groups that are perceived to have a shared history and culture with Turkey. These groups are known in Turkish foreign policy as Akraba Topluluklar, or "kin communities." A workshop and edited volume will bring together comparative cases of the use of such "kinship" in Turkish foreign policy, examining the cooperativity, resistance and even intra-group divergences of these groups vis-à-vis Turkey. 

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