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Guests and Hosts European Retirees in Coastal Turkey

Guests and Hosts: European Retirees in Coastal Turkey

As a country in transition from emigration to immigration, Turkey hosts many diverse migrant groups, creating a very dynamic research field to...

Negotiating Modernity and Europeanness in the Germany-Turkey Transnational Social Field

Negotiating Modernity and Europeanness in the Germany-Turkey Transnational Social Field

In conversation with recent work on transnational social fields, this article explores how Germany and Turkey are linked through a “set of...

Afghan Re Migration from Pakistan to Turkey Transnational Norms and

Afghan (Re)Migration from Pakistan to Turkey: Transnational Norms and the ‘Pull’ of Pax-Ottomanica?

Many Afghans, often male, in Pakistan are migrating (again) and increasingly toward ‘new’ destinations such as Turkey. Transnational lives are not...

Stuck on the Way to Europe Iranian Transit Migration to

Stuck on the Way to Europe? Iranian Transit Migration to Turkey

This article discusses Turkey’s increasing role as a country of immigration by using the case study of Iranian migration to Turkey. While Turkey...

EU-Turkey Relations in the Context of the Middle East after

EU-Turkey Relations in the Context of the Middle East after the Arab Spring*

This paper discusses EU-Turkey relations with a specific reference to regional developments in the Middle East after the Arab Spring. In the last...

The Evolution of Turkey s Foreign Policy under the AK

The Evolution of Turkey’s Foreign Policy under the AK Party Government

This article aims to explain the evolution of Turkish foreign policy through the search for a foreign policy role concept. It will argue that the...

Civilizational Discourse the Alliance of Civilizations and Turkish Foreign Policy

Civilizational Discourse, the ‘Alliance of Civilizations’ and Turkish Foreign Policy

The main orientation of Turkish foreign policy has recently been described as Europeanization, Middle Easternization, or Islamization. This article...

The Rise of Radical Liberal Discourse in Turkish Foreign Policy

The Rise of Radical Liberal Discourse in Turkish Foreign Policy

Change is a central concept in Turkish and global politics. It forms the basis of liberal ideology, alongside freedom, democracy, and equality. In...

Bringing the European Union Back on the Agenda of Turkish

Bringing the European Union Back on the Agenda of Turkish Foreign Policy

The EU has been successfully exercising its conditionality as a key aspect of its enlargement strategy since the 1990s. However, with no accession...

Can the Kurdish Left Contribute to Turkey s Democratization

Can the Kurdish Left Contribute to Turkey’s Democratization?

The current peace process regarding Turkey’s Kurdish question could pave the way for the normalization of politics and democratization in Turkey if...

Russia Ukraine and the Eastern Partnership From Common Neighborhood to

Russia, Ukraine and the Eastern Partnership: From Common Neighborhood to Spheres of Influence?

This paper provides an analysis of the most recent changes in Russian foreign policy that became a matter of global concern in the aftermath of the...

Introducing the FPC-TR Dataset Dimensions of AK Party Foreign Policy

Introducing the FPC-TR Dataset: Dimensions of AK Party Foreign Policy

This paper presents the Foreign Policy Circumplex (FPC) coding framework and the (FPC-TR) to identify aspects of Turkish foreign policy behavior...

The Longest Year of Turkish Politics 2014

The Longest Year of Turkish Politics: 2014

Like all long political years, the year 2014 did not begin on January 1st; rather, 2014 politically began at the end of May with the Taksim events....

One Down Two More to Go Electoral Trends in the

One Down, Two More to Go: Electoral Trends in the Aftermath of the March 2014 Municipality Elections

The March 2014 local elections in Turkey did not drastically alter electoral balances in Turkey. The AK Party maintained its predominant position,...

The 2014 Local Elections in Turkey A Victory for Identity

The 2014 Local Elections in Turkey: A Victory for Identity Politics

The context of and the meaning conferred upon the local elections led it to be fought in a referandum-like atmosphere. Prior to the March 30 local...

The Republican People s Party and the 2014 Local Elections

The Republican People’s Party and the 2014 Local Elections in Turkey

Ahead of the 2014 local elections, the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), developed an aggressive outreach campaign to add new...

Syria The Hope and Challenges of Mediation

Syria: The Hope and Challenges of Mediation

The civil war in Syria continues to devastate social and political structures, precipitating floods of refugees and surging populations of...

The Crimean Crisis in the Context of New Russian Geopolitics

The Crimean Crisis in the Context of New Russian Geopolitics

Over the past months, the crisis in Crimea presented the world with a case study on how rapidly national borders may shift in the 21st century. The...

Japan and Turkey The Contours and Current Status of an

Japan and Turkey: The Contours and Current Status of an Economic Partnership/Free Trade Agreement

As the third largest economy in the world, Japan cannot be overlooked in any analysis of Asia’s importance in international geopolitics and the...

Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy

Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy

The transformation of Turkish foreign policy has become a closely followed subject, fueling important debates on the underlying reasons, resources,...

Geopolitical Codes in Davutoğlu s Views toward the Middle East

Geopolitical Codes in Davutoğlu’s Views toward the Middle East

Critical geopolitics, which is a relatively new field of study for scholars of international relations, seeks to understand and analyze how...

A Golden Age of Relations Turkey and the Western Balkans

A Golden Age of Relations: Turkey and the Western Balkans During the AK Party Period

This article provides a general overview of Turkey’s relations with the Western Balkans during the AK Party government. Although the Western...

Turkey s Humanitarian Diplomacy and Development Cooperation

Turkey’s Humanitarian Diplomacy and Development Cooperation

During the last decade international development assistance became an indispensable aspect of Turkish foreign policy. While expanding development...

The Gezi Protests An Outburst at Turkey s Shatter-Zone

The Gezi Protests: An Outburst at Turkey’s Shatter-Zone

The purpose of this paper is to examine the social and political causes of the Gezi protests, and their long- and short-term impact on Turkey’s...

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