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Virtuous power Turkey in sub-Saharan Africa: the ‘Neo-Ottoman’ challenge to the European Union

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posted on 14.11.2016, 15:07 by Mark Langan
European officials veer towards exceptionalism in their policy communications concerning the EU’s global role, particularly in terms of African development. This article poses a rejoinder to such tendencies through examination of the rise of ‘virtuous power Turkey’ in Africa. It examines how Turkish elites constructed a moralised ‘neo-Ottoman’ foreign policy in wake of stalled EU accession. It then underscores how elites framed humanitarian interventions in sub-Saharan Africa in contrast to the perceived neo-colonialism of an EU ‘other’. In this vein, the article explores the meaning of normative ‘neo-Ottomanism’ for ostensible beneficiaries in Africa, for the EU, and for Turkey itself.

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Citation

Third World Quarterly, 2017, 38 (6), pp. 1399-1414

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Politics and International Relations

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Third World Quarterly

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

0143-6597

eissn

1360-2241

Acceptance date

24/08/2016

Copyright date

2016

Available date

27/03/2018

Publisher version

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01436597.2016.1229569

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Language

en