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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...

Denktash in the South Normalization of Division in the Greek

Denktash in the South: Normalization of Division in the Greek Cypriot Side

Book Reviews

Discourses, even though they seem so different and opposing, can be quite similar and serve for the same purpose. Gregoris Ioannou’s book is a...

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...

The Future of Turkey s Airpower The Fifth Generation Challenge

The Future of Turkey’s Airpower: The Fifth Generation Challenge

Articles

Rapid advances in technology enable incremental developments in the aerospace and defense sector, the most well-known example of which is 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...

Decentralisation and the Management of Ethnic Conflict Lessons from the

Decentralisation and the Management of Ethnic Conflict: Lessons from the Republic of Macedonia

Book Reviews

Decentralisation and the Management of Ethnic Conflict, by Aisling Lyon, offers an analysis of local government decentralization as a potential...

Evaluating Hamas Struggle in Palestine

Evaluating Hamas’ Struggle in Palestine

Articles

This article examines the history and outcomes of Hamas’ involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By using published sources and conducting...

The Power of Law vs the Power of Arms The

The Power of Law vs. the Power of Arms: The Turkish Judiciary’s Test with the Coup

Commentaries

Thousands of judges and prosecutors in Turkey risked their lives to inquire into the activities of an armed group and defended the law against...

Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace A Critical Interrogation of

Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace: A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict

Book Reviews

Michális S. Michael and Yücel Vural’s edited volume of Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace: A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict has its roots in...

U S Interests and the Israel-Palestine Conflict A Review

U.S. Interests and the Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Review

Review Article

There is a strong relationship between American journalists and scholars. One of the features that some American journalists and scholars have in...

Erdoğan s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

Erdoğan’s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

Articles

In recent years, one of the most popular concepts in Turkish foreign policy has been public diplomacy, which refers to government activities to...

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

Articles

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...

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...

Albanian Slide The Roots to NATO s Pending Lost Balkan

Albanian Slide: The Roots to NATO’s Pending Lost Balkan Enterprise

Articles

Since the end of the 1990s, Albanians in North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia have submitted to a regime of political and...

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...

The Macedonia Name Dispute A Few Drivers and Spoilers of

The Macedonia Name Dispute: A Few Drivers and Spoilers of Success

Commentaries

In June 2018, after 27 years of negotiations, the governments of Macedonia and Greece signed an agreement to resolve the so-called ‘name dispute’...

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...

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy The State and Minority Groups

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy: The State and Minority Groups in Israel, Poland and Northern Ireland

Book Reviews

In the midst of political discussions over Israel’s controversial Jewish Nation-state Law adopted in July, re-examining Israel’s alleged ethnic...

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...

Writing Malaysia and the Moro Identity An Analysis of the

Writing Malaysia and the Moro Identity: An Analysis of the Moro National Liberation Front’s Foreign Policy

Articles

Malaysia began supporting the MNLF when the group emerged in the 1970s. In recent years, however, the relationship between Malaysia and the MNLF...

The Nationalities of Europe The Growth of National Ideologies

The Nationalities of Europe: The Growth of National Ideologies

Book Reviews

In The Nationalities of Europe, first published in 1945, Munro Chadwick investigates the issue of nationality and opens a discussion about the...

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