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Insight Turkey > Issues | The Struggle over Central Asia: Chinese-Russian Rivalry and Turkey's Comeback - Fall 2018 / Volume 20, Number 4

The Struggle over Central Asia: Chinese-Russian Rivalry and Turkey's Comeback



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Fall 2018
This issue of Insight Turkey comes with a different format and brings to its readers two different topics that require special attention when we consider the latest regional and global affairs. The planned topic was Central Asia; however, the early presidential and parliamentarian elections in Turkey led us to cover a second topic in the issue. First, the current issue focuses on a forgotten but very important region of Central Asia. The second section of the journal comprises commentaries and articles on the latest elections in Turkey, how to understand them and what could be the future of the presidential system.


Commentaries


Turkey’s Comeback to Central Asia
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Turkey emerged as an influential player in the Muslim...

Uzbekistan as a Gateway for Turkey’s Return to Central Asia
After two decades of downhill diplomacy, Turkey and Uzbekistan have pledged to deepen bilateral...

The Silk Road between a Rock and a Hard Place: Russian and Chinese Competition for Central Asia’s Energy
China’s displacement of Russian economic influence in Central Asia is generating great interest...

The June 24 Elections: On Political Change and the Future of Turkey
On June 24, 2018, two elections that determine Turkey’s future took place. By focusing on the...

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election
Libya, which ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has been dragged into another...


Articles


Kazakhstan’s Multi-Vectorism and Sino-Russian Relations
Using the case of Sino-Russian competition over Central Asian energy and transportation networks,...

Kazakhstan’s Middle Power Response to Terrorism
Most studies define states as small, middle, or great in relation to the power of other states....

Change and Continuity in Turkey’s June 2018 Elections
In this paper, we first present a background to the watershed elections of 2018, describing the...

Reforming the Policymaking Process in Turkey’s New Presidential System
The system of government in Turkey shifted from a parliamentary to an intrinsic presidential...

Kurdish Votes in the June 24, 2018 Elections: An Analysis of Electoral Results in Turkey’s Eastern Cities
This article analyzes the voting patterns in eastern Turkey for the June 24, 2018 elections and...

UK Strategy in the Gulf and Middle East after American Retrenchment
This paper considers the impact of the possible relative decline of the U.S. and its engagement...

Applied Oriental Studies of Russia’s Own Islam: From Orthodox Missionaries to Militant Godless and Wahhabis
To date the research of Orientalism in Russia did not present the whole mosaic palette of its...


Review Article


The Great War in the Middle East
Inspired by the centenary of World War I (WWI), a plethora of history books have been released recently. This article reviews four of the latest studies on the Middle Eastern theater of WWI. Accelerating the fall of the Ottoman Empire and paving the way for the state system


Book Reviews


The Visual Politics of Wars
In The Visual Politics of Wars, the contributors explore the concepts of journalism and mass...

East-West Migration in the European Union
Migration flows towards Europe, in other words, the migration crisis is a very delicate problem...

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism, edited by Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse,...

The Caliphate at War: The Ideological, Organizational and Military Innovations of Islamic State
The main purpose of The Caliphate at War is to elucidate and explain the Islamic State in a...

The Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia: Social, Political and Economic Transformations
One of the main debates that has surfaced in the post-Arab Uprisings era has centered on whether...

The Arab Spring Effect on Turkey’s Role, Decision-Making and Foreign Policy
Fadi Elhusseini, Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, provides...

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Case for Continuity
In US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Case of Continuity, Bledar Prifti makes a case for...

U.S. Assistance, Development, and Hierarchy in the Middle East: Aid for Allies
The effectiveness of foreign aid is heavily debated in international relations. Most often,...

Understanding the Department of State
At the very beginning of the book, Understanding the Department of State, it is clearly stated...

Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government
Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels delve into the meaning of the “folk theory of democracy” (p....


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