Turkey, the EU and the Middle East: Foreign Policy Cooperation and the Arab Uprisings, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Turkey, the EU and the Middle East

Foreign Policy Cooperation and the Arab Uprisings, 1st Edition

By Buğra Süsler


232 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This book focuses on the dynamics of Turkey’s relationship with Europe in the context of the ‘Arab Spring’ and analyses Turkish behaviour vis-à-vis foreign policy cooperation with the EU.

Susler explains the complexity of Turkey-EU relations by looking beyond membership negotiations and examines informal foreign policy dialogue between Turkish and EU officials. The book discusses the reactions of the Turkish government to the uprisings in Libya, Syria, and Egypt and cooperative opportunities between Turkey and the EU. The analysis finds that although cooperation varies across cases, foreign policy dialogue has become a main driver of the Turkey-EU relationship. A counter-intuitive finding of the research is that the EU has often been the actor seeking Turkey’s cooperation, rather than the other way round, clearly challenging the original power asymmetry between Turkey and the EU.

Based on interviews with diplomats and policy makers and extensive documentary research, this book will be of interest to political scientists, students, policy makers and researchers focusing on Turkish foreign policy and Turkey-EU relations. This book is also about exploring inventive ways of maintaining a complex working partnership with the EU and will be of interest to scholars working on the EU’s relationship with ‘outsiders’.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Explaining Turkey’s Cooperation with the EU

Chapter 3 – Institutional Framework for Foreign Policy Dialogue between Turkey and the EU

Chapter 4 – Turkey’s Foreign Policy Cooperation with the EU during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011

Chapter 5 – Turkey’s Foreign Policy Cooperation with the EU during the Libyan Revolution of 2011

Chapter 6 – Turkey’s Foreign Policy Cooperation with the EU during the Syrian Uprising, 2011-12, and Its Aftermath

Chapter 7 – Turkey’s Foreign Policy Cooperation with the EU in Post-Uprising Egypt

Chapter 8 – Conclusion

About the Author

Dr Bugra Süsler is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the LSE IDEAS, the foreign policy think tank of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research focuses on foreign policy analysis, international cooperation and global conflicts. He holds a PhD in International Relations and an MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union from the LSE as well as a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Foreign Policy Analysis

The Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) series covers a broad intellectual canvass, which brings together scholars of International Relations, Area Studies, Politics, and other related fields such as Political Psychology and Administrative Studies. It also engages with a wide range of empirical issues: from the study of the foreign policy of individual countries, to specific aspects of foreign policy such as economic diplomacy or bureaucratic politics, through germane theoretical issues such as rationality and foreign policy. The Series aims to specialize in FPA as well as appeal to the wider community of scholars within International Relations, related fields, and amongst practitioners.  As such the range of topics covered by the Series includes, but is not be limited to, foreign policy decision-making; the foreign policy of individual states and non-state actors. In addition it will include analytical aspects of foreign policy, for instance, the role of domestic factors; political parties; elites. Theoretical issue-areas that advance the study of foreign policy analysis, for example, FPA and Gender, Critical FPA, FPA in a new media landscape, Ethics and FPA, would also be welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy