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Erdoğan s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

Erdoğan’s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

In recent years, one of the most popular concepts in Turkish foreign policy has been public diplomacy, which refers to government activities to...

The Turkish Economy at the Crossroads The Political Economy of

The Turkish Economy at the Crossroads: The Political Economy of the 2018 Financial Turbulence

In 2018, the Turkish economy suffered one of the most severe financial speculations in its 38-year open economy era. Some have tried to explain the...

Clashing Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean What About Turkey

Clashing Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean: What About Turkey?

The Eastern Mediterranean region has recently emerged as one of the pivotal foci of international affairs due to its considerable natural gas...

Relations between Russia and Turkey Before During and After the

Relations between Russia and Turkey Before, During, and After the Failed Coup of 2016

Increasing cooperation between Russia and Turkey date back to the 1990s, and go beyond the preferences of a specific political party or leader. A...

The World Is Bigger than Five A Salutary Manifesto of

“The World Is Bigger than Five”: A Salutary Manifesto of Turkey’s New International Outlook

President Erdoğan has expressed his objection to the current structure of the UN with the motto “the world is bigger than five.” The international...

Economic Power and International Security

Economic Power and International Security

International security theories generally identify economic power as the key determinant of military power, and thereby of security, but there is...

Turkey s Relations and Energy Cooperation with the BSEC

Turkey’s Relations and Energy Cooperation with the BSEC

Turkey is conducting an increasingly active energy diplomacy and in order to understand the role and strategies of Ankara in energy geopolitics, it...

Turkey and Saudi Arabia as Theo-political Actors in the Balkans

Turkey and Saudi Arabia as Theo-political Actors in the Balkans: The Case of Bulgaria

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been increasingly utilizing religious services as an instrument in their foreign policies. One of the most recent...

Prospects for Trilateral Relations between Turkey Serbia and Bosnia and

Prospects for Trilateral Relations between Turkey, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

This paper aims to evaluate the trilateral relations between Turkey, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the course of a proper evaluation of...

The Western Balkans in the Transatlantic Security Context Where Do

The Western Balkans in the Transatlantic Security Context: Where Do We Go from Here?

The Western Balkans has traditionally held vital geostrategic importance for European and transatlantic security. Ever since the 1990s, the EU and...

Turkey and Germany in the Balkans Competing with Each Other

Turkey and Germany in the Balkans: Competing with Each Other?

This paper aims to see whether there is a commercial and financial rivalry between Turkey and Germany in the Balkans by examining the export...

Russia in the Balkans Great Power Politics and Local Response

Russia in the Balkans: Great Power Politics and Local Response

The present paper looks into the current policies of Russia in the Balkans. It argues that after a short period of withdrawal from the region,...

Ir relevance of Croatian Experience for Further EU Enlargement

(Ir)relevance of Croatian Experience for Further EU Enlargement

Croatia’s experience of the EU accession and that of its six-year membership is only partially relevant for the Western Balkans’ EU enlargement....

Albanian Slide The Roots to NATO s Pending Lost Balkan

Albanian Slide: The Roots to NATO’s Pending Lost Balkan Enterprise

Since the end of the 1990s, Albanians in North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia have submitted to a regime of political and...

Iran s Military Capability The Structure and Strength of Forces

Iran’s Military Capability: The Structure and Strength of Forces

Economic upheaval in the post-revolutionary period, its ideological concerns, the lessons of the war with Iraq and the drive to assert regional...

Persuading through Culture Values and Ideas The Case of Turkey

Persuading through Culture, Values, and Ideas: The Case of Turkey’s Cultural Diplomacy

Cultural diplomacy always links to and often overlaps with soft power and public diplomacy. Thus, the three notions have entered the lexicon of...

No Questions Asked Development and the Paradox of China s

No Questions Asked? Development and the Paradox of China’s Africa Policy

This paper argues that China’s strategy of engaging African countries through its stated “no questions asked” foreign policy could ultimately be...

Terrorism in Africa The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism

Terrorism in Africa: The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism

Africa is the springboard for al-Qaeda’s global terrorism in modern history. The U.S. Embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi,...

Cloud on the Horizon African Migration Transnationalism and Social Osmosis

Cloud on the Horizon: African Migration, Transnationalism, and Social Osmosis

This paper argues that the factors that induce transcontinental and intercontinental African migration are complex and cannot be reduced to...

Militarization and Securitization in Africa The Role of Sino-American Geostrategic

Militarization and Securitization in Africa: The Role of Sino-American Geostrategic Presence

This article is predicated on the argument that the African continent has become a focus of geopolitical and economic attention, especially as a...

The Work of Peace History Imperialism and Peacekeeping

The Work of Peace: History, Imperialism, and Peacekeeping

The size and complexity of recent peacebuilding mandates have led scholars to liken these efforts to imperialism, but most are quick to dismiss any...

Iran s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa

Iran’s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa

Fueled by the Iranian oil revenues, Tehran, under both the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1941-1979) and since 1979 the Islamic Republic of...

Ottoman Cash Waqfs An Alternative Financial System

Ottoman Cash Waqfs: An Alternative Financial System

The institutions of “waqfs,” that is foundations, stand before us as an intermediate option between collectivist and individualistic societies....

Re-examining the Base The Political and Security Dimensions of Turkey

Re-examining the “Base”: The Political and Security Dimensions of Turkey’s Military Presence in Somalia

In late 2017, Turkey opened a facility to train the Somali National Army. Routinely described as a military base since, the move has caused...

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