Middle Eastern Studies Volume 48, Issue 6, 2012
Turkish area studies in the US developed in parallel with the diplomatic
rapprochement between Turkey and the US after the Second World War.
This article scrutinizes the relation between Turkish studies and
American public diplomacy in Turkey with special emphasis on the latter.
Unlike cultural programmes in Europe, which focused on satisfying
intellectuals' taste for high culture, in Turkey the concentration of
the cultural activities was on bureaucrats, educators and technical
personnel. The article argues that this was because of a modernization
approach and the priority given to the needs of US aid programmes.
Following the revolutions in Asia, the programme was further oriented to
strengthen the collaboration between Americans and the technocratic
elites of Turkey.