1st Edition

Turkey in Africa A New Emerging Power?

    292 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary analysis of Turkey-Africa relations.

    Bringing together renowned authors to discuss various dimensions of Turkey’s African engagement while casting a critical analysis on the sustainability of Turkey-Africa relations, this book draws upon the rising power literature to examine how Turkish foreign policy has been conceptualized and situated theoretically. Moving from an examination of the multilateral dimension of Turkey’s Africa policy with a focus on soft power instruments of public diplomacy, humanitarian/development assistance, religious activities and airline diplomacy, it then illuminates the economic and military dimensions of Turkey’s policy including trade relations, business practices, security cooperation and peacekeeping discourse. Overall, it shows how Turkey’s African opening can be integrated into its wider interest in gaining global power status and its desire to become a strong regional power.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of Turkish foreign policy/politics, African politics, and more broadly to international relations.

    Introduction: Contextualizing Turkey’s Africa Policy

    Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu and Ali Onur Tepeciklioğlu

    Part 1: Historical, Theoretical and Political Foundations of Turkey-Africa Relations

    1. Theorizing Turkey’s Africa Policy: Turkey as a Rising Power

    Ali Onur Tepeciklioğlu

    2. Ottoman Empire and Africa at the Age of Colonial Expansion: Appreciating the Loyalty of African Muslims, Debating the Colonial Rupture

    Mustafa Serdar Palabıyık

    3. Turkey-Africa Relations: A Retrospective Analysis

    Numan Hazar and Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu

    4. Being "Southern" without Being of the Global South: The Strange Case of Turkey South-South Cooperation in Africa

    Federico Donelli

    Part 2: Economic Relations and Military Strategies

    5. The Political Economy of Turkey Africa Relations

    Hüseyin Emrah Karaoğuz and Selman Emre Gürbüz

    6. Interplay between Identity and Trade in Turkey-Africa Relations

    Samiratou Dipama and Emel Parlar Dal

    7. Turkey’s Military Strategy in Africa

    Brendon J. Cannon

    8. Turkey and UNPKO in Africa: Reluctant Multilateralism

    Birsen Erdoğan

    Part 3: Turkey’s Soft Power

    9. "The Voice of The Voiceless": Turkey’s Public Diplomacy in Africa

    Senem Çevik

    10. Turkey's Development Assistance in Africa in the 2000s: Hybrid Humanitarianism in the Post-Liberal Era

    Gonca Oğuz Gök

    11. Turkey’s Religious Diplomacy in Africa

    Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu

    12. Turkish Airlines as a Source of Turkey’s Soft Power in Africa

    Orçun Selçuk

    13. Turkey’s Diplomatic Charm Offensive in Sub-Saharan Africa: Is Ankara Winning the Hearts and Minds of Africans?

    Alexis Habiyaremye

    Conclusion: Turkey, Just another Emerging Power in Africa?

    Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu and Ali Onur Tepeciklioğlu


    Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu is a faculty member at Yasar University, International Law Implementation and Research Center, Turkey.

    Ali Onur Tepeciklioğlu is a faculty member at Ege University, Department of International Relations, Turkey.