Part of the Spring 2018 MENAS Colloquium Series
Note the different location.
There will be two separate talks that will be tied together by discussant Brian Silverstein, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UA.
Social Work Practices for Syrian Migrant Children and Adolescents under Temporary Protection in Turkey
The Impact of Culture Phenomenon in Shaping of Behaviour of Turkish Foreign Policy
Murat Bayar, Lecturer in International Relations, Istanbul Arel University, Turkey
Culture phenomenon as one of the main characters of Turkish Foreign Policy has emerged as irrational behaviors in shaping the behavior of decision-makers. In the study, culture phenomenon and its reflection in the behavior of decision-makers have been investigated based on the concepts like ethnic culture, religious culture, historical heritage and universality. These four dimensions which play a role in the shaping of foreign policy behavior have been revealed from both the ruling AK Party's understanding of civilization and the Turkish culture. This situation appears to have emerged in the Turkish foreign policy in the form of discourses on the politics of Northern Iraq and Syrian Issue. In the study, the discourse of Turkish foreign policy produced by decision makers on Turkey’s Northern Iraq politics and Syrian politics. Northern Iraq Politics between 2005-2007, Syrian Politics between 2011-2012 were examined with the method of discourse analysis. The main purpose of selecting these dates for Northern Iraq was to examine the culture phenomenon in all these periods which admitting the year 2005 as the tension between Turkish foreign policy and Northern Iraq, presuming the year 2006 as a transition period and accepting of the year 2007 and beyond as reconciliation period. The importance of the selection of the dates related to Syria was to start to deteriorate relations between Turkey and Syria. Moreover, the study examines the influence of culture phenomenon which is a sociological factor in decision making process in Turkish Foreign Policy with Northern Iraq and Syria.
Co-sponsor includes: The Arizona Center for Turkish Studies