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

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224 pages

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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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy