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Turkey–West Relations

Turkey–West Relations
The Politics of Intra-alliance Opposition


  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108726726

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  • This timely book fills an important gap in the literature of international relations, providing a thorough, up-to-date, empirically supported, and theoretically grounded analysis of how and why Turkish foreign policy has changed in recent years, vis-à-vis the West. Presenting one of the first balancing studies that employs elite interviews as data, Turkey-West Relations develops a framework of intra-alliance opposition, classifying the tools of statecraft into three categories - boundary testing, boundary challenging, and boundary breaking. Six case studies are examined regarding Turkish foreign policy over the past nine years, exploring an array of topics including Turkey's foreign policy in relation to various nations and organizations, the refugee crisis, defense procurement, energy policies, and more. Dursun-Özkanca demonstrates how international, regional, issue-specific, and domestic factors may serve to explain Turkey's boundary-breaking behavior. This book is crucial for anyone who seeks to understand the growing, recent rifts between Turkey and the US, the EU, and NATO.

    • Examines a timely topic: scarcely a day passes without a report or headline questioning Turkey's reliability as a Western ally. The author reflects an awareness of this by focusing her research on this from 2010 to 2019
    • This book is accessible, using ordinary-language explanations and examples throughout, and will therefore appeal to a wide audience consisting of undergraduate students, graduate students, academics, policymakers, and more
    • Utilizes unique methodology, representing one of the first balancing studies that uses elite interviews as data, conducted with government officials, diplomats, academics, intergovernmental and non-governmental organization officials, and journalists in Turkey, United Kingdom, Serbia, Bosnia, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108726726
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Framework of Intra-Alliance opposition
    2. Turkish foreign policy in the Western Balkans
    3. The Turkish veto over the EU-NATO security exchange
    4. The EU-Turkey deal on Refugees
    5. Turkey's energy policies
    6. Turkish rapprochement with Russia in security
    7. Turkey's foreign policy on Syria and Iraq
    Conclusion: Turkey and the West – what next?

  • Author

    Oya Dursun-Özkanca, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania
    Oya Dursun-Özkanca is a Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. She served as LSEE Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has received grants from Georgetown University, European Commission, and various other sources. She has had articles featured in Foreign Policy Analysis, Civil Wars, and elsewhere.

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