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Insight Turkey > Issues | Turkey's Foreign Policy: Reform or Reset? - Winter 2017 / Volume 19, Number 1

Turkey's Foreign Policy: Reform or Reset?



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Winter 2017
Turkey is located between some of the most penetrated and volatile regions in the world, namely the Middle East, the Balkans, Caucasia and the Eastern Mediterranean. Political and economic instability, historical and cultural problems, and the interference of global powers make it difficult for regional countries to pursue an independent foreign policy since these regions are among the main geographies used and sacrificed for the global power calculations.


Commentaries


Turkish Foreign Policy in a Time of Perpetual Turmoil
2016 was a difficult year for the world; however, Turkey demonstrated her strength and resilience...

Turkey and Russia: The Importance of Energy Ties
Turkey and Russia maintain close energy ties in spite of difficulties in other areas of their...

An Overview of Turkish Foreign Policy in the Balkans: 1990-2016
The reforming of Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans was a process that started at the end of...

After Aleppo: The Long Game in Syria
In the aftermath of the victory by pro-Syrian government forces in Aleppo in December 2016, many...


Articles


A New Turkish Foreign Policy: Towards Proactive “Moral Realism”
In a time when our globalizing world is confronted by a deepening global turmoil, political...

Turkey’s Choice
This article argues that recent upheavals in Turkey’s domestic and regional dynamics – the...

Determinants of Turkish-American Relations and Prospects for the Future
This article analyzes the fluctuating course of the Turkey-U.S. relationship with a special focus...

Assessing Turkey’s Foreign Policy Choices towards the European Union
Turkey adopted a new strategy for its European Union accession process in 2014, in an attempt to...

Energy in Turkey and Russia’s Roller-Coaster Relationship
Energy relations between Turkey and Russia provide an excellent example of how energy and...

Islamist Views on Foreign Policy: Examples of Turkish Pan-Islamism in the Writings of Sezai Karakoç and Necmettin Erbakan
In the case of Turkey, competing foreign policy perspectives have always represented a central...

Notes on the Role of the Armed Forces in Reparation Processes in Colombia
In this article, we present and reflect on the role of the Armed Forces in the reparation of the...


Review Article


Still Awaited: A Truly Objective History of the Making of the Modern Middle East
We are now witnessing a harvest of new history books on the making of the modern Middle East. Five are chosen for a critical review below. They are works by experts, well-researched and highly readable and infinitely more objective than the over-supply of Eurocentric or Orientalist books of the past. Yet, all four have limitations, lacking due Ottoman/Turkish/Arab/Muslim sentiment and “flavor.” The fifth on the Ottoman siege of Vienna is illuminating and relevant to the on-going debate on Turkey-EU relations. It, too, has its limitations


Book Reviews


Understanding Transatlantic Relations: Whither the West?
A valuable book that helps to better understand the spiky path in the relations between Western...

Living in the Ottoman Realm: Empire and Identity, 13th to 20th Centuries
This book is a result of collaboration between the two historians who deal with early-modern...

Islamist Thinkers in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic
Late Ottoman intellectual history, especially the nineteenth century, was seen by Bernard Lewis...

A Concise History of Bosnia
Cathie Carmichael’s book integrated the political, economic and cultural history of Bosnia and...

Religion in Today’s World: Global Issues, Sociological Perspectives
With the rising new wave of religious-phobia in the world, understanding what lies behind the...

ISIS: A History
As of this writing in late February 2017, ISIS has lost much territory and financial capital...

Obama’s Foreign Policy: Ending the War on Terror
By effectively defining the war on terror rhetoric, this heritage of Bush to Obama becomes the...

A Tale of Four Augusts: Obama’s Syria Policy
As Barack Hussein Obama’s second term in the office finalized, one of the hottest debates about...

Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin
In his book, Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin, William Zimmerman...

Will Africa Feed China?
The recent rise in global food prices, China’s rise and its aggressive overseas agricultural...


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