1st Edition

Turkish-Greek Relations The Security Dilemma in the Aegean

Edited By Mustafa Aydin, Kostas Ifantis Copyright 2004
    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    The discord between Turkey and Greece has grown deeper and wider over time, over a series of seemingly vital issues, which have at times brought the two countries to the brink of war. Yet in 1999 the two countries opened a dialogue on non-sensitive issues such as trade, the environment and tourism.

    The causes of the current rapprochement progress are explored in this book in relation both to the international environment which is increasingly conducive to this progress, and the significant domestic changes that both Greece and Turkey have experienced since the end of the Cold War. This book confronts each of these important dimensions by addressing issues of continuity and change in Greek-Turkish relations.

    1. Cacophony in the Aegean: Greek-Turkish relations in historical context 2. Engagement or Containment?: Greek strategy toward Turkey for the 2000s 3. Tension-reduction and Confidence-building Measures between Greece and Turkey 4. Turkish-Greek Rapprochement: Opportunities and Constraints 5. Are There Any Prospects for Trade Integration and Economic Co-operation Between Greece and Turkey? 6. Turkey's EU Membership and Greek Experience 7. National Perceptions of the "Other" and the Persistence of Some Images 8. Treatment of Minorities and Turkish-Greek Relations 9. Third Track Diplomacy: The role of NGOs in Greek-Turkish rapprochement 10. Island of Peace or Poison Ivy: Cyprus


    Mustafa Aydin is Associate Professor of International Relations, Ankara University. Besides his authored books, he is editor of the Turkish Yearbook of International Relations, and the Review of International Affairs; and is currently co-editing two volumes on different aspects of Turkish foreign policy.
    Kostas Ifantis is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Athens; and Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. His publications include: Theory and Reform in the European Union, and NATO and the New Security Paradigm: Power, Strategy, Order and the Transatlantic Link.

    'This book is a serious, thoughtful, forward-looking effort to address one of the world's most intractable conflicts. It makes an admirable exploration of paths that might lead to a better future in Greek-Turkish relations.' - International Security

    'This is an outstanding collection of essays based on a dialogue between Greek and Turkish scholars, each of whom brings important perspectives that shed light on the historically troubled relations between Ankara and Athens.' - Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis

    'This important and timely collection of essays provides an excellent analysis of the major issues that have created protracted tensions between Greece and Turkey during the past four decades.' - Institute of Turkish Relations, USA