Explaining Turkey's Cultural Diplomacy in Afghanistan during the AKP Era

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Communication and Social Science, East Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of West Asian Studies,Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

3 Department of Social Science, Tabriz University


Turkey as one of the regional actors in the Middle East has taken the ‘Look East’ policy in its foreign policy since 2002, when the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has come to power. Although the relations between Turkey and Afghanistan have a historical background dating back to the Ottoman, but the geopolitical and geostrategic position of Afghanistan has doubled its significance for Turkish politicians during the Neo-Ottomanism, the situation which has emerged in Turkish politics, especially its cultural diplomacy over Afghanistan Since the rise to power of the AKP.
So, in this article, the main question is, what are the objectives and tools of Turkish cultural diplomacy in Afghanistan during the AKP era? In response to this question, the main hypothesis is that Turkey's cultural diplomacy during the AKP era was based on the use of shared linguistic, ethnic and religious values to strengthen Turkey's soft power in Afghanistan as well as the hegemony of Turkey in the region.


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Article Title [فارسی]

دیپلماسی فرهنگی ترکیه در افغانستان در دوران حزب عدالت و توسعه

Authors [فارسی]

  • Rahmat Hajimineh 1
  • Reza Dehghani 2
  • Fariborz Mohammadkhani 3
1 Department of Communication and Social Science, East Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
2 Tehran University
3 Tabriz University
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