The Arab Spring: A Game Changer in Turkey-EU Relations?

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2013
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Dinçer O.B.
Kutlay, M.
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Perspectives on European Politics and Society
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15705854
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14
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4
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418 - 430
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English
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We argue in this paper that the Arab Spring has opened a window of opportunity not just to create stability and democracy in one of the most unstable regions of the world, but also for revitalizing Turkey-EU relations. In theory, Turkey-EU cooperation can make a decisive difference in determining the outcome of the triangular relationship between stability, development, and democratization in the Arab region. In normative terms, as an opportunity, it must be turned into an advantage. From a practical perspective, however, transforming the window of opportunity into policy output is linked to the policy leadership of the sides involved to undergo a paradigm shift in their approach to the region and toward one another. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

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Arab Spring, democratization, paradigm shift, policy leadership, revitalizing Turkey-EU relations
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