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Turkey s Comeback to Central Asia

Turkey’s Comeback to Central Asia


Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Turkey emerged as an influential player in the Muslim and ethnically Turkic republics of Central Asia....

Kurdish Votes in the June 24 2018 Elections An Analysis

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 examines the cross-sectional and longitudinal...

Uzbekistan as a Gateway for Turkey s Return to Central

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 ties in years to come. Given its geopolitical...

The June 24 Elections On Political Change and the Future

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 political transformation that shaped the June 24...

Managing Democratization Achievements and Limitations in AK Party Era

Managing Democratization: Achievements and Limitations in AK Party Era


During its first two terms (2002-2012), AK Party adopted a range of constitutional democratization reforms connected with the EU accession process...

TİKA s Soft Power Nation Branding in Turkish Foreign Policy

TİKA’s Soft Power: Nation Branding in Turkish Foreign Policy


Over the past fifteen years, nation branding has become a popular subject of study, and a formative enterprise in the creation of national...

Four Migration Stories Four Turkish Migrants Four Sui Generis Portraits

Four Migration Stories: Four Turkish Migrants, Four Sui Generis Portraits in Germany


This study attempts to analyze the peculiarity of the migration stories of the Muslims in Germany who have emigrated from Turkey. Each of the four...

The Rise of a New Superpower Turkey s Key Role

The Rise of a New Superpower: Turkey’s Key Role in the World Economy and Energy Market

Book Reviews

During the radical economic transformation taking place over the last decades, which is characterized by the decline of the West, Turkey has...

Turkey and the West Fault Lines in a Troubled Alliance

Turkey and the West: Fault Lines in a Troubled Alliance

Book Reviews

Turkish-American relations are currently witnessing their deepest crisis. Even in 1975 when the U.S. put an arms embargo on Turkey, Ankara had some...

Islam in the Balkans Globalization Europeanization Localization

Islam in the Balkans: Globalization, Europeanization, Localization

Review Article

The study of European Islam is now experiencing an unprecedented revival. While most of its attention is dedicated to Islam as a minority in...

Toward a Privileged Partnership The EU Turkey and the Upgrade

Toward a “Privileged Partnership”: The EU, Turkey and the Upgrade of the Customs Union


Over the past few years, Turkey’s EU membership prospects have further deteriorated amid intensive political crisis between Brussels and Ankara....

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


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

Germany and the European Union Post-Brexit Hegemon

Germany and the European Union: Post-Brexit Hegemon


In late-March 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. Will Brexit lead to Germany becoming the EU’s hegemon? The...

Missile Defense in Europe Against Whom

Missile Defense in Europe: Against Whom?


ABSTRACT This article debates the evolution, main purpose and real target of the missile defense system of NATO, entitled the EPAA, focusing on...

The European Union Dilemma of the Kurds High Support for

The European Union Dilemma of the Kurds: High Support for Membership despite Lack of Sufficient Trust


How people in member and candidate states are oriented toward the European Union –meaning, how well they know and how they evaluate the EU– is...

Quo Vadis Turkey-GCC States Relations A Turkish Perspective

Quo Vadis Turkey-GCC States Relations? A Turkish Perspective


With the growing need for more cooperative relations in the face of Iran’s assertive foreign policy following Saddam’s fall, Turkey’s importance as...

It s a Family Affair Religion Geopolitics and the Rise

It’s a Family Affair: Religion, Geopolitics and the Rise of Mohammed bin Salman


Over the past year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has experienced a period of rapid transformation under the direction of a new Crown Prince,...

Turkey s Leadership in the Jerusalem Crisis

Turkey’s Leadership in the Jerusalem Crisis


This commentary analyzes the factors behind Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy therein,...

Compatibility of “Islam” and “Europe”: Turkey’s EU Accession


Turkey’s membership in the European Union (EU) is contingent on economic, political, and cultural factors. Rather than a geographic area with a...

A New Agenda for the Kurdish Question


The Kurdish question in Turkey has a long history which was viewed within the framework of nation building, integration and underdevelopment until...

Turkey's Justice and Development Party through Arab Eyes


İn this article we seek to answer three interrelated questions: First, how do the Islamic, national and democratic forces perceive the justice and...

Obama's Foreign Policy: Opportunities and Challenges


Obama's election represents an important opportunity to put US-Turkish relations on a new, more cooperative footing. On many issues especially...

Negotiating Europe: EU-Turkey Relations from an Identity Perspective


This article analyzes the identity dimension of EU-Turkey relations from the constructivist perspective in international relations theory. It...

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