Several scholars agree that Turkey applied humanitarian diplomacy as part of its global opening, a consequence of which is that it became a medium global player. However, it is still not clear – and thus still under research – what does Turkey’s experience teach us regarding humanitarian diplomacy? For the literature what is unique in Turkey’s application? In order to provide an empirically backed response to such research questions, this paper initially studies What Turkey did with humanitarian diplomacy. What were Turkey’s objectives in utilizing it? How did Turkey utilize it?, and later moves to a debate on the implications of such an application for the literature on humanitarian diplomacy.


Keywords: Humanitarian diplomacy, Foreign Policy, humanitarianism, track-two, Turkey