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The Arab Upheavals and the Turkish Perception vis-à-vis the West

S. Gülden Ayman
Arab Studies Quarterly
Vol. 35, No. 3, Special Issue: Perspectives on the Arab Uprisings (Summer 2013), pp. 305-323
Published by: Pluto Journals
DOI: 10.13169/arabstudquar.35.3.0305
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13169/arabstudquar.35.3.0305
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

The article argues that Turkey's perception of the West has been heavily influenced by its idealized identity. After evaluating the circumstances under which this idealized identity began to weaken, it shows how the images of the US and Europe have started to get compartmentalized and Israel separated from the image of the West. The article explains the relationship between the continuing process redefining Turkey's “personal identity” and its growing interest in the Middle East. The transformation process that Turkey is passing through is critically important in understanding the way in which Turkey has been affected by the upheavals and is reacting to the new developments in the region. In this vein the article highlights the interaction between power considerations and aspirations to re-define identity at home and abroad.

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