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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...

The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf

The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf

Book Reviews

In 2011, the world observed a massive political uprising in the Middle East and North African (MENA) states. An invisible but constant competition...

Trials of Europeanization Turkish Political Culture and the European Union

Trials of Europeanization: Turkish Political Culture and the European Union

Book Reviews

Turkey’s modernization and Westernization process, which started with ‘Tanzimat’ in 1839 with an overt ambition during the Ottoman period,...

From Ballots to Bullets Arab Uprising and the Reoccurrence of

From Ballots to Bullets: Arab Uprising and the Reoccurrence of Authoritarian Politics

Review Article

Since the end of the Cold War, much of the turmoil in the Middle East has been caused by the religiopolitical identity of different countries of...

Editor's Note Summer 2019

Editor's Note | Summer 2019

Editor's Notes

This issue of Insight Turkey highlights some of the various regional developments around Turkey and discusses various movements of new actors and...

Chasing the Dream The Salman Doctrine and Saudi Arabia s

Chasing the Dream: The Salman Doctrine and Saudi Arabia’s Bid for Regional Dominance

Commentaries

Saudi Arabia’s massive air campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen initiated a major shift from the Kingdom’s traditional policy of restraint,...

European Parliament Elections A New Political Environment in Europe and

European Parliament Elections: A New Political Environment in Europe and Turkey

Commentaries

Citizens of the European Union (EU) voted to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from May 23-26, 2019, making this the second...

The Crisis of the Liberal World Order and Turkey s

The Crisis of the Liberal World Order and Turkey’s Resistance

Commentaries

With the retreat of liberalism in the Western world and the US withdrawing on many global issues, the international system is undergoing serious...

The Paradox of Inclusion Exclusion of Islamist Parties in Tunisia

The Paradox of Inclusion/Exclusion of Islamist Parties in Tunisia and Jordan after the Arab Uprisings: A Comparative Study

Early View

The public protests that engulfed most Arab regimes in 2011 have since opened a Pandora’s Box of democratization processes in the MENA region. One...

The Western Balkans in the Transatlantic Security Context Where Do

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

Articles

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

China s Investment in the Balkans under the Belt and

China’s Investment in the Balkans under the Belt and Road Initiative: A Chinese Perspective

Commentaries

China’s investment in the Balkan region has been maintaining good momentum in recent years, with preferential investments being in the...

The European Crisis and Turkey s Unpredictable Role in the

The European Crisis and Turkey’s Unpredictable Role in the Balkans

Commentaries

This paper discusses Turkey’s role in the Balkans as part of the broader narrative of European integration. ‘Europeanization’ in the early 2000s...

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...

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...

Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey Causes and Effects

Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey: Causes and Effects

Book Reviews

In Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey: Causes and Effects, Hakan Köni focuses on Turkish Political Islam’s (TPI) transformation in terms...

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...

Yemen and the Gulf States The Making of a Crisis

Yemen and the Gulf States: The Making of a Crisis

Book Reviews

Yemen and the Gulf States: The Making of a Crisis, an edited volume by Helen Lackner and Daniel Martin Varisco, provides six chapters presented in...

Guardians of the Arab State When Militaries Intervene in Politics

Guardians of the Arab State: When Militaries Intervene in Politics, from Iraq to Mauritania

Book Reviews

The role of the militaries in politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has been one of the most popular issues among scholars and...

Great Delusion Liberal Dreams and International Realities

Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities

Book Reviews

A profound understanding of American foreign policy depends upon a thorough and a rigorous theoretical understanding of the ideology that...

Kurdish Politics in the Middle East The Role of the

Kurdish Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the PKK’s Changing Policy in Regional Politics

Review Article

The transformation of the discourses of the PKK since the 2000s is placed virtually at the center of Middle East politics as they relate to the...

Terrorism in Africa The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism

Terrorism in Africa: The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism

Articles

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

Articles

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

Articles

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

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