Insight Turkey
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Iran s Military Capability The Structure and Strength of Forces

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

Early View

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

Early View

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

The Role of Croatia in Bosnia and Herzegovina Antemurale Christianitatis

The Role of Croatia in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Antemurale Christianitatis as a Policy of Choice

Early View

The commentary deals with the history of Croatian interference in BiH in the context of the place that BiH and its Muslims hold in the development...

No Questions Asked Development and the Paradox of China s

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

Articles

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

Russia in Africa A Search for Continuity in a Post-Cold

Russia in Africa: A Search for Continuity in a Post-Cold War Era

Commentaries

This commentary proposes to connect Russia’s present activities in Africa to the history of Soviet involvement on the continent during the Cold...

Guest Editor's Note Winter 2019

Guest Editor's Note | Winter 2019

Editor's Notes

Africa has often been the focus of contradictory attention that has oscillated between the labels of a physical obstacle to travel between Europe...

Iran s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa

Iran’s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa

Articles

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...

Turkey, the U.S. and Iraq

Book Reviews

Nobody has any doubts that today we are in one of the most critical moments of Turkish-U.S. relations. Nobody can deny the gravity of the situation...

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

Articles

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

Economic Power and International Security

Economic Power and International Security

Early View

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

Kazakhstan s Multi-Vectorism and Sino-Russian Relations

Kazakhstan’s Multi-Vectorism and Sino-Russian Relations

Articles

Using the case of Sino-Russian competition over Central Asian energy and transportation networks, this study asks why Russia has refrained from...

Kazakhstan s Middle Power Response to Terrorism

Kazakhstan’s Middle Power Response to Terrorism

Articles

Most studies define states as small, middle, or great in relation to the power of other states. However, how the capabilities of a particular...

Reforming the Policymaking Process in Turkey s New Presidential System

Reforming the Policymaking Process in Turkey’s New Presidential System

Articles

The system of government in Turkey shifted from a parliamentary to an intrinsic presidential system, in which the president solely employs the...

Turkey s Comeback to Central Asia

Turkey’s Comeback to Central Asia

Commentaries

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Turkey emerged as an influential player in the Muslim and ethnically Turkic republics of Central Asia....

Uzbekistan as a Gateway for Turkey s Return to Central

Uzbekistan as a Gateway for Turkey’s Return to Central Asia

Commentaries

After two decades of downhill diplomacy, Turkey and Uzbekistan have pledged to deepen bilateral ties in years to come. Given its geopolitical...

The Silk Road between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Silk Road between a Rock and a Hard Place: Russian and Chinese Competition for Central Asia’s Energy

Commentaries

China’s displacement of Russian economic influence in Central Asia is generating great interest in Western academic and policy circles, but this...

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election

Commentaries

Libya, which ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has been dragged into another crisis. This study addresses the situation, by taking...

TİKA s Soft Power Nation Branding in Turkish Foreign Policy

TİKA’s Soft Power: Nation Branding in Turkish Foreign Policy

Early View

Over the past fifteen years, nation branding has become a popular subject of study, and a formative enterprise in the creation of national...

Strategic Culture of the OSCE and Its Reflection in the

Strategic Culture of the OSCE and Its Reflection in the Effort to De-escalate and Resolve the Conflict in Ukraine

Early View

The OSCE has until now been the only security organization which directly participated in the effort to de-escalate the war in Eastern Ukraine. As...

Toward a Privileged Partnership The EU Turkey and the Upgrade

Toward a “Privileged Partnership”: The EU, Turkey and the Upgrade of the Customs Union

Articles

Over the past few years, Turkey’s EU membership prospects have further deteriorated amid intensive political crisis between Brussels and Ankara....

Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey The June 24

Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey: The June 24 Elections

Commentaries

On June 24, 2018, with a participation rate of more than 85 percent, Turkey elected its President and parliamentarians. While determining Turkey’s...

Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Donald Trump

Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Donald Trump

Commentaries

While the future of the transatlantic relations has been a serious question of concern since the end of the Cold War, the institutionalized...

The European Union and the Mainstreaming of the Radical Right

The European Union and the Mainstreaming of the Radical Right

Commentaries

Radical right wing parties have been increasingly effective in challenging and eroding this consensus, using a redemptive sovereigntist platform to...

The Secular Foreign Fighters of the West in Syria

The Secular Foreign Fighters of the West in Syria

Articles

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operates under the names of the Democratic Union Party and the People’s Protection Units in Syria. The PKK is...

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