Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Lawrence Ziring
Dr. Ernest E.Rossi
Dr. Jack C.Plano
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This thesis examines the historical development of Turkey's foreign policy up to the period immediately following World War II, and its decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The study begins with a survey of Turkey's geopolitical importance. The narrative highlights political conditions from the Ottoman period to the years following World War II. Domestic political developments, as well as foreign relations of Turkey in the Republican period, are analyzed.
Turkey's current foreign policy was established during the initial years following World War II. The thesis discusses the reasons for the shift in Turkey's foreign policy, from peaceful co-existence to its entrance into bloc politics. The impact of the Truman Doctrine, how it influenced Turkish-Soviet and Turkish-American relations, and how the combination of domestic and foreign factors facilitated Turkey's alignment with the Western bloc are examined. Finally the personalities and institutions who influenced Turkey's foreign policy decisions are discussed.
Toprak, "The Evolution of Turkey's Foreign Policy: The Truman Doctrine and Turkey's Entry into NATO" (1987). Master's Theses. 1284.