Accession Number:

ADA514394

Title:

Democratic Peace Theory and Greek-Turkish Relations in the Context of the European Union

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

132.0

Abstract:

The European Council Helsinki Summit marked the initiation of the rapprochement procedure between Turkey and Greece, a dyad that for many decades was a source of instability in the Eastern part of Europe. After 1999, Greece abandoned the Cold War rhetoric in its relations with Turkey and shifted its foreign policy towards a more moderate stance by raising its veto regarding Turkeys accession in the European Union EU. Greeces new foreign policy has many common elements with the Democratic Peace Theory of international relations. Hence, this thesis asks the following question do the Greco-Turkish peaceful relations from 1999 until today fit the Democratic Peace Theory By examining the three pillars of the theory, namely economic interdependence, consolidation of democracy and common participation in intergovernmental organization, the thesis concludes that the Democratic Peace Theory cannot explain the Greco-Turkish rapprochement procedure initiated by Greece after 1999.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE