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The Kosovar Turks and Post-Kemalist Turkey: Foreign Policy, Socialization and Resistance

By
Husrev Tabak
I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
2017
272 pages
ISBN
978-1784537371

Even before the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Turkic communities, living in states newly independent from Ottoman rule, were 'protected' by the Ottomans. With the creation of the new Turkish Republic, the notion of 'Outside Turks' became embedded in a new foreign policy which aimed to unite these communities, with whom Kemalist Turkey claimed to share ethnic origin, to the homeland. After 1980, and particularly during the Justice and Development Party rule, the country's domestic agenda, however, was transformed to imagine Outside Turks along cultural and religious lines, rather than in a purely ethnic sense.

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

By
Ozgur Tufekci
I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
2017
272 pages
ISBN
9781784537425

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 Ozal era (1983-1993), the Cem era (1997-2002) and Davutoglu 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.

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

 

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