Turkey’s Grand Strategy Evolution – Navigating the Complex Web of Iran, Russia, China, Europe and the Balkans in International Politics: From Confrontation to Collaboration in the 21st Century

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In the dynamic realm of international relations, Turkey’s foreign policy trajectory has undergone a remarkable evolution over the past decades. “Revisiting Turkish Foreign Policy: From Confrontation to Rapprochement” delves deep into this transformative journey, shedding light on the historical context, key players, and pivotal moments that have shaped Turkey’s approach to global affairs.

The book begins by exploring Turkey’s post-Cold War era, marked by a defensive and confrontational stance towards neighboring countries. It delves into historical incidents such as the brink of war with Armenia, Greece, and Syria, military incursions, and regional tensions that defined Turkey’s early foreign policy landscape.

Central to this narrative is the figure of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu, whose strategic vision and concepts like ‘Strategic Depth’ and ‘zero problems’ with neighbors have been instrumental in reshaping Turkey’s foreign policy paradigm. The book delves into Davutoglu’s ideas, their historical roots, and their impact on Turkey’s diplomatic engagements.

Furthermore, the book analyzes the role of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey’s foreign policy evolution. It examines how the AKP’s ascent to power has led to a reexamination of Turkey’s historical legacies, a recalibration of its regional alliances, and a shift towards a more assertive and independent foreign policy posture.

The geopolitical reorientation of Turkey, particularly in the Middle East, the Gulf, and North Africa, is a key theme explored in the book. It discusses Turkey’s efforts towards rapprochement with neighboring countries, regional cooperation initiatives, and the expansion of its influence in strategic regions.

Moreover, the book delves into the interplay of democratization and populism in shaping Turkish foreign policy decisions. It examines how public opinion, accountability, and domestic dynamics have influenced Turkey’s international engagements, including its stance on critical issues like the Kurdish question, Cyprus, and relations with major global powers.

As Turkey navigates its role as a pivotal player in the complex geopolitical landscape of the 21st century, “Revisiting Turkish Foreign Policy: From Confrontation to Rapprochement” offers a comprehensive analysis and insightful perspective on the country’s foreign policy trajectory, challenges, and opportunities. It is a must-read for scholars, policymakers, and anyone interested in understanding Turkey’s evolving role in global affairs.

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