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Turkish and BRICS Engagement in Africa: Between humanitarian and economic interests

Tepeciklioğlu Elem Eyrice, Tok M. Evren and Syed Basher ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper studies the political economy of Turkey’s relations with Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since 2002 while under the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) rule. It argues that Turkey has focused its engagement in Africa mostly on humanitarian assistance and the economy. Contextualizing Turkey’s relations with SSA vis-à-vis other emerging market economies, especially the BRICS (Brazil/Russia/India/China/South Africa) bloc, provides ample insights into the nature of Turkey’s engagement in SSA. While Turkey’s involvement has some similarities to that of the BRICS, there are greater fundamental and structural differences from how the BRICS established their presence in SSA. These differences mostly find resonance in when we juxtapose the activism of non-governmental actors engaging in humanitarian missions and charity work with trade related economic investments and activism.

Keywords: Turkey; Sub-Saharan Africa; political economy; BRICS; trade; humanitarian assistance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F50 N77 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-03-15
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