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Guest Editor's Note Summer 2020

Guest Editor's Note | Summer 2020

Editor's Notes

Through a wide range of articles and commentaries, this issue aims to bring to its readers a comprehensive framework on the transformation of...

The War for Syria Regional and International Dimensions of the

The War for Syria: Regional and International Dimensions of the Syrian Uprising

Book Reviews

The civil war in Syria, now ongoing for 10 years, does not appear to be ending soon given the continuing conflicts among the domestic and global...

Turkey s Military Spending Trends A Reflection of Changes in

Turkey’s Military Spending Trends: A Reflection of Changes in Defense Policy

Articles

The existing body of research on defense spending contains two main theses that appear in the much-debated discourse of “guns versus butter.” The...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place How to Make

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: How to Make Sense of Turkey’s S-400 Choice?*

Articles

With the wrap-up of the S-400 deal with Russia in December 2017, critics argue that Turkey is caught between a rock and a hard place due to the...

Turkey s Burgeoning Defense Technological and Industrial Base and Expeditionary

Turkey’s Burgeoning Defense Technological and Industrial Base and Expeditionary Military Policy

Articles

As the incumbent Turkish administration strives to pursue more aspiring goals in foreign affairs, Turkeys military policy is fast developing in...

Deciphering Turkey s Assertive Military and Defense Strategy Objectives Pillars

Deciphering Turkey’s Assertive Military and Defense Strategy: Objectives, Pillars, and Implications*

Articles

This article argues that the change in Turkey’s defense and military strategy stems both from Turkey’s changing security landscape following the...

Transformation of the Turkish Defense Industry The Story and Rationale

Transformation of the Turkish Defense Industry: The Story and Rationale of the Great Rise

Commentaries

Tracing the evolution of the Turkish defense industry through five major periods of development, this article draws attention to crucial turning...

Turkey s Military and Defense Policies

Turkey’s Military and Defense Policies

Commentaries

In the post-9/11 era and now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meaning of security and the means of ensuring it have radically changed. As...

Editor's Note Spring 2020

Editor's Note | Spring 2020

Editor's Notes

This issue of Insight Turkey aims to present the current situation of the Turkish-American relations and to provide to its readers with a general...

Relations between Russia and Turkey Before During and After the

Relations between Russia and Turkey Before, During, and After the Failed Coup of 2016

Articles

Increasing cooperation between Russia and Turkey date back to the 1990s, and go beyond the preferences of a specific political party or leader. A...

Turkey the U S Russia and the Syrian Civil War

Turkey, the U.S., Russia, and the Syrian Civil War

Commentaries

This commentary provides an analysis of the Turkey’s relations with the U.S. and Russia in the context of the Syrian civil war. Owing much to the...

A Three-level Analysis of Turkey s Crisis with the U

A Three-level Analysis of Turkey’s Crisis with the U.S.-led Order

Commentaries

Starting in 2013, Turkish-American relations have been undergoing one of the deepest and most alarming crises since the 1940s. Ankara, a NATO...

The Lost Spring U S Policy in the Middle East

The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid

Book Reviews

The book under review is a work by American-Lebanese scholar Walid Phares, who specializes in Middle East politics. He has worked in different...

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...

Journey into Europe Islam Immigration and Identity

Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity

Book Reviews

Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity is the last installment of a four-volume series written by Prof. Akbar Ahmed. The text is...

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...

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,...

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...

Re-narrating Europe in the Face of Populism An Analysis of

Re-narrating Europe in the Face of Populism: An Analysis of the Anti-immigration Discourse of Populist Party Leaders

Articles

Populist discourse is gaining more and more ground in Europe. As evidenced by the growing success of radical right wing parties, a ubiquitous right...

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...

Engineering a European Islam An Analysis of Attempts to Domesticate

Engineering a European Islam: An Analysis of Attempts to Domesticate European Muslims in Austria, France, and Germany

Articles

Today, a number of European states’ policies on religion aim at creating a nationalized Islam. In many Western European countries, the Ministries...

The Gulf Crisis The U S Factor

The Gulf Crisis: The U.S. Factor

Commentaries

The election of the U.S. President Donald Trump played a key role in reigniting the Gulf crisis. The blockading quartet (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain...

The Regional Geo-sectarian Contest over the Gulf

The Regional Geo-sectarian Contest over the Gulf

Commentaries

Sectarianism in the Middle East has intensified since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the outbreak of the Arab Spring, and has transformed into...

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