Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect

Turkish Foreign Policy Discourse

  • Birsen¬†Erdogan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Birsen Erdogan
    Pages 1-4
  3. Birsen Erdogan
    Pages 5-31
  4. Birsen Erdogan
    Pages 79-107
  5. Birsen Erdogan
    Pages 109-138
  6. Birsen Erdogan
    Pages 139-145
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 147-181

About this book


This book offers a discursive analysis of the Turkish Foreign Policy on Humanitarian Interventions (HI) and the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Across the chapters the author addresses important questions, such as: what is the position of the HI and R2P in the Turkish foreign policy discourse? Is there any variation between cases when it comes to the use of these concepts? How do these discourses shape/change/transform or sustain the Turkish identity? Despite the tendency in some countries to incorporate HI and R2P principles into their foreign policy (UK, Netherlands, Canada, Japan), and the fact that some countries are lobbying to make these principles a part of international or UN law, in the developing world these policies and concepts have not gained widespread recognition or approval. Countries like China, Brazil and India approach these concepts with suspicion or with reservation. The same tendency can be observed in the MENA region and in some parts of Africa and Asia. In this book, the author looks at the reasons behind these differences in approach and explores how the concept of identity affects Turkish foreign policy specifically. This study is invaluable for researchers and students of R2P and HI and foreign policy discourse in general.

Birsen Erdogan is a lecturer of International Relations at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Birsen previously worked at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights as a researcher and project co-coordinator. Her main interests are critical theories in International Relations, Critical Security Studies, Turkish and Middle Eastern politics, discourse analysis and state denial. 


Turkey Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Humanitarian Intervention Turkish Foreign Policy Ahmet Davutoglu Tayyip Erdogan Middle East Arab Spring Libya Syria Discourse Analysis Laclau Mouffe

Authors and affiliations

  • Birsen¬†Erdogan
    • 1
  1. 1.Maastricht University MaastrichtThe Netherlands

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