Insight Turkey
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On Turkish politics and International affairs

Republic of Macedonia or North Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia or North Macedonia?

Commentaries

Before Macedonia even became an independent state, Greece objected to its existence under such a name. The Greek challenge to the name, ‘Republic...

Albanian Slide The Roots to NATO s Pending Lost Balkan

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

Articles

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

Turkey s Balkan Policy and Its Skeptics

Turkey’s Balkan Policy and Its Skeptics

Commentaries

During the last decades, in parallel to its economic growth and foreign policy activism, Turkey has become an important regional actor in the...

Iran s Military Capability The Structure and Strength of Forces

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

Articles

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

The Emergence of Kantian Culture in Turkish Foreign Policy 1980-2012

The Emergence of Kantian Culture in Turkish Foreign Policy (1980-2012): A Holistic Constructivist Approach

Book Reviews

There is hardly a more thought-provoking subject in the contemporary political history of Turkey than the country’s transforming state identity...

Amerikan Grand Stratejisi Obama nın Ortadoğu Mirası American Grand Strategy

Amerikan Grand Stratejisi: Obama’nın Ortadoğu Mirası [American Grand Strategy: Obama’s Middle East Legacy]

Book Reviews

Although many actors, from regional powers to global powers, engage in grand strategy practices, the concept of ‘grand strategy’ is most closely...

Salman s Legacy The Dilemmas of a New Era in

Salman’s Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia

Book Reviews

The turbulent changes witnessed in Saudi Arabia ever since the appointment of Mohhamad Bin Salman (MBS) as the Crown Prince has shifted the focus...

Persuading through Culture Values and Ideas The Case of Turkey

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

Articles

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

Commentaries

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

Articles

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

Articles

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

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