MESOP BACKGROUNDER : Emerging Threats and New Trends in Turkish Foreign Policy June 29th 2016 /Centre for American Progress

Turkey’s foreign policy during most of the republican era was informed by the security imperatives of the Cold War and the crises that ensued from the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. These influences were coupled with the country’s republican elites crafting Turkey’s identity along the lines of strict secularism, militant nationalism, and a western orientation.