Twitter Diplomacy in Turkey - US Relations

20/01/2020

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, VOLUME 17, NUMBER 65, 2020

Ali Sevket OVALI*

ABSTRACT
The use of Twitter has become an important part of foreign policy making and conducting in the recent years. Since it is seen as the most powerful and popular tool of digital diplomacy, foreign policy makers increasingly use Twitter for sending messages to their counterparts and to inform their followers on certain issues, problems or current topics on their country’s foreign policy agenda. Taking the popularity of Twitter use in foreign policy, this study aims to discuss the role of Twitter diplomacy on Turkey-US relations. In this respect, how and for which purposes foreign policy makers in Turkey and the US use Twitter, which topics are mostly covered by the tweets of the selected top- level decision-makers’ accounts, the positive and negative impacts of Twitter on the current status of bilateral relations and the role that Twitter is likely to play in the future of relations are the points that are going to be dealt within the framework of this study.

Keywords: Digital Diplomacy, Twitter Diplomacy, Turkish Foreign Policy, Turkey-US Relations, Trump

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* Assoc. Prof. Dr., Department of International Relations, Dokuz Eylül University