1st Edition

Turkey in the 21st Century
Quest for a New Foreign Policy

ISBN 9781138261532
Published November 14, 2016 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $59.95

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Book Description

This unique book investigates the complex transformation of Turkey's foreign policy, focusing on changing threat perceptions and the reformulation of its Western identity. This transformation cannot be explained solely in terms of strategic choices or agency driven policies but encompasses power shifts and systemic transformations. Is Turkey shifting its axis? Will this affect its traditional Western-oriented foreign policy? The book begins by discussing the relationship between security and globalization, using examples of Turkey's regional positioning. It then focuses on to what extent the 'traditional' discourse on security in Turkish politics, which prevailed during the Cold War era and beyond, has undergone a change in the new era. This timely book is a much needed account of how pragmatism rather than ideology is the main determinant in Turkey's current foreign policy and should be read by all looking for a fresh and stimulating take on Turkey's response to globalization and the internationalization of security in the 21st Century.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction, Özden Zeynep Oktav; A framework for understanding the changing Turkish foreign policy in the 2000s, Özlem Tür and Ahmet K. Han; From strategic partnership to successive crises: Turkish-Israeli relations in the 2000s, Mesut Özcan; Turkish-American relations and Northern Iraq: relief at last?, Helin Sari Ertem; Regionalism or shift of axis? Turkish-Syrian-Iranian relations, Özden Zeynep Oktav; Turkish-Russian relations in the new century, Emre Ersen; Turkish-Armenian impasse in the Caucasus security complexity, Emre Iseri; Turkish foreign policy towards the Balkans: overestimated change within underestimated continuity?, Inan Rüma; Turkey and the European Union: a stumbling accession process under new conditions, Çigdem Nas; The issues of basic rights and freedoms in Turkey-EU relations, Berivan Gökçenay; Concluding remarks, Özden Zeynep Oktav; Index.

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Özden Zeynep Oktav is Vice Dean of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Associate Professor and Lecturer at Department of Political Science and International Relations, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.


'At a time of well-deserved Turkish ascendance, this book is a precious document that fathoms the strategic calculations behind the conduct of an assertive player. It is rich in data, has conceptual coherence, presents ample nuance and surveys the domestic discourses of Turkish foreign policy. The book is a valuable volume for those seeking insights about the emerging multi-polar international system.' Mahmood Sariolghalam, National University of Iran, Tehran 'The roots of the Ottoman legacy and the new identity of the Republican period are the main factors that inspire Turkish foreign policy today. A special interest in the problems of the Middle East on one hand, a close relationship with US and goal of EU membership on the other. The book, in my opinion, presents an excellent analysis of Turkish foreign policy through the lens of this dilemma.' Faruk Sönmezoglu, Istanbul University, Turkey 'This is an empirically rich collection based on a wealth of research by rising young Turkish scholars that brings the picture of Turkey's changing foreign policy thoroughly up to date. Analytically sophisticated and executed at the highest social science standards, each chapter systematically explains Turkey's policies toward a particular region in terms of international, regional and domestic forces. This is must reading for students of Turkey's foreign policy.' Raymond Hinnebusch, University of St Andrews, UK This important and timely collection of essays provides an excellent analysis of the major issues that explain the constantly evolving nature of Turkish foreign policy. Each essay helps readers understand to what extent Turkey's foreign has changed so far and might change in the future.' Mustafa Aydin, President of Kadir Has University, Turkey