Global Security Watch - Turkey: A Reference Handbook

Overview

There are a number of factors that elevate Turkey's status in the international arena and make it an important regional actor. As a longstanding member of the western world, a candidate country to the European Union, a staunch ally of the United States, and a frontline state in the fight against terrorism, Turkey plays a key, yet often overlooked, role in world affairs. Proper understanding of how decisions regarding foreign and security issues are being taken within the state apparatus in Turkey is crucially ...

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Overview

There are a number of factors that elevate Turkey's status in the international arena and make it an important regional actor. As a longstanding member of the western world, a candidate country to the European Union, a staunch ally of the United States, and a frontline state in the fight against terrorism, Turkey plays a key, yet often overlooked, role in world affairs. Proper understanding of how decisions regarding foreign and security issues are being taken within the state apparatus in Turkey is crucially important, especially when unexpected developments take place. Mustafa and Aysegul Kibaroglu examine the issues that drive Turkish foreign policy decisions in this crucial region.

This reference work chronicles the factors which have shaped the mindsets of the makers of Turkey's foreign and security policies from the foundation of the Republic in 1923. The authors provide not only meaninful explanations of past events, but also useful insigts into the current issues at the center of Turkish regional and foreign policies. They offer a concise overview of Turkish foreign policy and assess the position of the nation within the context of the war on terror, globalization, and more. Their narrative is supplemented by biographies of key decision makers, policies, and documents that illustrate the choices that comprise Turkey's past and present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313345609
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Global Security Watch Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MUSTAFA KIBAROGLU is Associate Professor of International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. He is the author of numerous articles on Turkish foreign policy and security issues, which have appeared in both English and Turkish languages.

AYSEGUL KIBAROGLU is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University. She is the author of Building a Regime for the Waters of the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin, (2002) as well as articles on this and related Turkish security topics.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Talat S. Halman vii

Preface xi

Abbreviations xv

Chapter 1 From the Khanates in Central Asia to the Republic in Anatolia 1

Chapter 2 Foreign Policy of the Young Republic under Ataturk and Inonu: The Interwar Period 18

Chapter 3 Cold War Period and Turkey's Place in the West 42

Chapter 4 Turkey's Foreign and Security Policies in the Post-Cold War Period: The Neighborhood 61

Chapter 5 Turkey's Foreign and Security Policies in the Post-Cold War Period: The Alliances 87

Chapter 6 Redefinition of Turkey's Relations with Its "Strategic Partners" United States and Israel in the Post-9/11 Period 110

Chapter 7 The State of Affairs in Turkey's Relations with Its Neighbors 135

Appendix A Biographies 177

Appendix B Chronology 185

Bibliography 191

Annotated Bibliography 195

Index 205

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