Contemporary Southeastern Europe
Turkey’s Kin State Policy in the Balkans: The Muslim Community from Dobruja
This article is focused on empirical research of Turkey’s kin state policy in the Muslim community in Dobruja post 1990. It investigates how Turkey has managed to accumulate influence and soft power potential by using its mother-state position to strengthen the community of Muslim Turks and Tatars in Dobruja. The study explains the factors in the community which determined the manifestation of Islamic funda-mentalist actors in this period, and the context in which Turkey stepped in and countered them through its own actors. The main goal of the study is to identify the areas in which the Turkish state acted, through cultural and religious funds and through development assis-tance. It profiles the Turkish state actors in each of these areas. The study is an overview of the presence, purposes and activities of these actors at the local level, while also providing an evaluation of the im-pact their action strategies have in the local Muslim community.