Turkish Foreign Policy and Public Opinion in the AKP Era
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2012
© 2012 International Studies Association
Foreign Policy Analysis
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 171–188, April 2013
How to Cite
Kennedy Ryan and Matt Dickenson. (2012) Turkish Foreign Policy and Public Opinion in the AKP Era. Foreign Policy Analysis, doi: 10.1111/j.1743-8594.2012.00179.x.
- Issue published online: 17 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2012
Since the election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2002, Turkey has become the subject of increased attention from the US foreign policy community. Schools of thought range from those who argue that Turkey is “turning away from the West” to those who suggest that Turkey is pursuing a more autonomous foreign policy. One of the few things on which these schools of thought agree is that, if they are correct, we should be able to find these patterns in public opinion. Analyzing data from the Pew Global Attitudes Project, we find some differences in attitudes based on political party affiliation, income and education, but the results generally refute the argument that Turks see a fundamental choice between East and West in their foreign policy or that supporters of the AKP have fundamentally different international outlooks. Taken together, these results have important implications for US policymakers.