Contemporary Greek Foreign Policy vis-a-vis Turkey

Elena Møller Rigas

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


Following the Syrian War, many fled as refugees, while some saw it as an opportunity to immigrate to wealthier countries in the West. This as a result led to stricter border control in a number of EU countries. In 2015 the Schengen Agreement was under threat and the EU had to actively solve the problem. A result that led to the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan, that has come to affect Greek-Turkish relations. The research question of this project is; What impact has the EU-Turkey deal following the refugee crisis had on the Greek foreign policy vis-a-vis Turkey? I will use theories of foreign policy analysis and disaster diplomacy, which are mainly grounded in a neo-realist point of view. The reason behind the actions of Greek foreign policy vis-a-vis Turkey is analysed within two events, the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal and the ‘Mini’ Summit in December 2015. If you apply document and discourse analysis to the two events, it will reach a new aspect when you explain the Greek foreign policy vis-a-vis Turkey in the years 2015-2017. The discourse of decision makers is in focus. I used interviews and statements from Greek decision makers as data to support my hypothesis. My analysis of the interviews and statements reveal that there are two discourses among Greek foreign policy decision makers: As long as focus is on the refugee issue, a partnership with Turkey is beneficial and a partnership with Turkey in international politics is beneficial.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2018
Antal sider25
VejledereIndra Römgens