Investigating Turkey’s Changing Narratives Regarding Interventions in Libya and Syria

The Intersubjective Meaning of R2p and Norm Contestation

In: European Review of International Studies
Birsen Erdogan Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

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This article investigates the role of intersubjective and situated meanings and norm contestation for militarised humanitarian interventions from a critical perspective. The International Relations (ir) literature on humanitarian interventions, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, and emergence of norms is explained and critically evaluated. The case analysed here is Turkey and its foreign policy discourse regarding interventions in Libya and Syria. Based on the case and literature review, the author concludes that critical approaches particularly provide useful tools to understand the role of identity, changing foreign policy narratives, and power constellations in world politics.

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