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Analyzing Foreign Policy Crises in Turkey

Conceptual, Theoretical and Practical Discussions

Editor(s): Fuat Aksu, Helin Sarı Ertem
Contributors: Ayse Kücük, Gencer Özcan, Lacin Idil Öztig, Zehra Gürsoy, Tugce Kafdagli Koru, Süleyman Güder, Ümran Gürses,

Book Description

This collection explores foreign policy crises and the way the states/leaders deal with them. Being at the juncture of a highly sensitive political zone, consisting of the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia, the Republic of Turkey has been the subject of various foreign policy crises since its foundation. These political, military, economic or humanitarian crises were triggered either by the states themselves or by the NGOs and armed non-state actors.

By examining literature in the field of foreign policy crises literature, this volume scrutinizes some of the most prominent Turkish foreign policy crises. Among these, there are protracted crises such as that of Cyprus and the Aegean Sea; a humanitarian one such as the 1989 migration of the Bulgarian Turks; an NGO-triggered crisis, such as the Mavi Marmara Confrontation; and an ongoing case such as the Syrian civil war. Looking at these crises from various aspects, the text sheds light on whether, or how, the reactions of the Turkish ruling elite change while trying to manage these crises. The book is a timely contribution to literature in the field of Politics and International Relations and will be useful to academics, diplomats and historians interested in foreign policy crises in general and Turkish foreign policy crises in particular.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5025-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5025-X
Date of Publication: 01/04/2017
Pages / Size: 270 / A5
Price: £61.99


Fuat Aksu is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Yıldız Technical University, Turkey. His research interests are dispute, conflict and crisis management, foreign policy crises, Turkish foreign policy, Turkish-Greek relations, the Cyprus issue and the Balkans. He is the author of two books, Coercive Diplomacy in Turkish Foreign Policy (printed in Turkish, 2008) and Turkish-Greek Relations (printed in Turkish, 2001), as well as several articles on Turkish foreign policy crises, Turkish-Greek relations and Cyprus.

Helin Sarı Ertem is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey. As a British Council Scholar, she received her MA in 1999 from the Department of Journalism at City University of London, UK. After that, between 1999 and 2003, she worked as a journalist. In 2010, she received her PhD on international relations from Marmara University, Turkey. Her academic interests are Turkish and American foreign policies, Turkish-US relations, Syria Crisis, Northern Iraq and the Kurdish Problem. She has written a number of articles and book chapters and is the co-editor of two books, GCC – Turkey Relations: Dawn of a New Era (2015) and Turkish Foreign Policy in the 2000s: Opportunities, Risks and Crises (printed in Turkish 2015).