Aydın, M, "Grand Strategizing in and for Turkish Foreign Policy: Lessons Learned from History, Geography and Practice", PERCEPTIONS: Journal of International Affairs, 25 (2021 ): 203-226
Although there is no commonly agreed upon definition of grand strategy in the literature, most analyses of the concept include efforts of states to develop long-term plans, programs and policies to achieve their national interests, utilizing the nation’s resources and tools, including their economic, political, military, psychological and moral resources. Turkey has experience in developing a grand strategy in this context, albeit without specifically referring to the exercise as such. This paper looks at the expertise and historical precursors of Turkey’s grand strategy experience to identify indicators for its future grand strategizing efforts. In this context, balancing major powers, the primacy of geography, economic development, Western connection, the impact of the international system, a sense of greatness and a wish for regional supremacy are identified as inputs of Turkey’s past grand strategies. Moving from these bases, particulars of what could be identified as an “internationalist” grand strategy alternative for Turkey is offered.
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