The Foreign Policy of Modern Turkey: Power and the Ideology of Eurasianism

The Foreign Policy of Modern Turkey: Power and the Ideology of Eurasianism

by Ozgur Tufekci


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The Foreign Policy of Modern Turkey: Power and the Ideology of Eurasianism by Ozgur Tufekci

In the last three decades, Turkey has attempted to build close relationships with Russia, Iran and the Turkic World. As a result, there has been ongoing debate about the extent to which Turkey's international relations axis is shifting eastwards. Ozgur Tufekci argues that Eurasianist ideology has been fundamental to Turkish foreign policy and continues to have influence today. The author first explores the historical roots of Eurasianism in the 19th century, comparing this to Neo-Eurasianism and Pan-Slavism. The Özal era (1983-1993), the Cem era (1997-2002) and Davutoğlu era (since 2003) are then examined to reveal how foreign policy making has been informed by discourses of Eurasianism, and how Eurasianist ideas were implemented through internal and external socio-economic and political factors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784537425
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 01/30/2017
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ozgur Tufekci is currently Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey. He completed his PhD at Coventry University in the Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations and at King’s College London in the Department of War Studies. He is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Global Analysis and has published in the journals The Arab World Geographer, Caucasus International as well as in various books on Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkish Politics

Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

List of Tables x

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction Overview of Eurasianism with its Historical Development 1

1 Geopolitical Thinking and World Politics 11

2 Eurasianism: An Ideological Revival 39

3 General Framework of Turkish Foreign Policy since the Late Ottoman Era 75

4 Diverse Discourses of Eurasianism in Turkey 95

5 Three Periods of Turkish Foreign Policy and the Scope of Application of the Discourses 125

Conclusion 161

Acronyms and Abbreviations 175

Note on Pronunciation 177

Notes 179

Bibliography 215

Index 237

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