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Author: Ünal, Derviş Fikret Title: Turkey’s Relations with Israel in the 2000s: A Constructivist Perspective Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Özlem Tür Küçükkaya Department: International Relations Date: June 2016 Abstract: The main aim of this dissertation is to understand Turkey’s relations with Israel in the 2000s from the perspective of Turkey’s state identity. The research question of this dissertation is whether or not the concept of “state identity” is relevant to the Turkish-Israeli relations, and if so, to what extent. This dissertation also studies if there is continuity or change in Turkey’s state identity in the 2000s. To that end, the dissertation compares and contrasts the situation before and after the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) term from a theoretical perspective in order to reach a final analysis. This dissertation assumes that the change in the Turkish-Israeli relations in the 2000s from the strategic relations to crises can be explained by the change in Turkey’s state identity from the pro-Western stance to the Middle Easternized Central Country / Heir of the Ottoman Empire stance. 12