Insight Turkey
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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...

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...

Why the Neutrality of Azerbaijan Is Important for the European

Why the Neutrality of Azerbaijan Is Important for the European Union

Commentaries

Fragile stability in the South Caucasus is hugely dependent on the neutrality or so-called balanced foreign policy course of the Republic of...

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...

Editor's Note Spring 2019

Editor's Note | Spring 2019

Editor's Notes

This issue of Insight Turkey aims at analyzing the above mentioned issues and provide to its readers a general framework of the most important and...

Prospects for Trilateral Relations between Turkey Serbia and Bosnia and

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

Articles

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?

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...

Russia in the Balkans Great Power Politics and Local Response

Russia in the Balkans: Great Power Politics and Local Response

Articles

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,...

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...

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...

Deconstructing the Gulf Crisis Post-Colonialism and Competing Projects in the

Deconstructing the Gulf Crisis: Post-Colonialism and Competing ‘Projects’ in the Middle East

Early View

This article deconstructs the stated reasons behind the quartet’s blockade on Qatar, including i) Iranian-relations; ii) funding ‘terror;’ iii)...

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...

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...

The Proposed Territorial Exchange between Serbia and Kosovo

The Proposed Territorial Exchange between Serbia and Kosovo

Commentaries

Serbia and Kosovo have initiated a process of territorial exchange that could have serious repercussions, both in the Western Balkans and...

Editor's Note Fall 2018

Editor's Note | Fall 2018

Editor's Notes

This issue of Insight Turkey comes with a different format and brings to its readers two different topics that require special attention when we...

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...

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 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...

Imposing Particular Identities The Balkans as a Meeting Place of

Imposing Particular Identities: The Balkans as a Meeting Place of Ethnicities and Religions

Articles

Since Balkan ethnicities are primarily organized along locally-practiced religious lines, regional monotheistic religions are seen as the source of...

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