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Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition

Ronald H. Linden, Ahmet O. Evin, Kemal Kirişci, Thomas Straubhaar, Nathalie Tocci, Juliette Tolay, Joshua W. Walker
Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-771-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-089-0
2011/258 pages/LC: 2011009473
"Insightful and refreshing.... Touches upon a dazzling array of facets that only a few other contemporary foreign policy books manage to cover.... It is a must read for analysts of Turkish foreign policy as its coverage is impressive both in terms of individual relations with different regions and important issues at the forefront of Turkish politics."—Nukhet Sandal, Review of Middle East Studies

"A well-informed and timely addition to scholarship on this important topic."—Paul Kubicek, Oakland University

"Refreshing.... Advances the debate about and enhances our understanding of this important country’s foreign policy."—Malik Mufti, Tufts University


Recent years have seen dramatic changes in the nature, direction, and impact of Turkey's foreign relations in its neighborhood—a region that encompasses Europe, the Middle East, the Black and Caspian seas, and the Caucasus. The authors of this original collection explore those changes, the causes behind them, and their impact on Turkey's ties with its traditional allies in the West.


Ronald H. Linden is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pittsburgh. Ahmet O. Evin is founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University. Kemal Kirişci is professor of international relations at Boğaziçi University. Thomas Straubhaar is professor of economics at the University of Hamburg. Nathalie Tocci is senior fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali. Juliette Tolay is a doctoral candidate in political science and international relations at the University of Delaware. Joshua W. Walker is assistant professor of international studies at the University of Richmond.


  • Foreword—Stephen F. Szabo.
  • Understanding Turkey’s Relations with Its Neighbors—J. Tolay and R.H. Linden.
  • Reclaiming Turkey’s Imperial Past—J.W. Walker.
  • From Confrontation to Engagement: Turkey and the Middle East—N. Tocci and J.W. Walker.
  • Battles, Barrels, and Belonging: Turkey and Its Black Sea Neighbors—R.H. Linden.
  • Energy and Turkey’s Neighborhood: Post-Soviet Transformation and Transatlantic Interests—A.O. Evin.
  • Coming and Going: Migration and Changes in Turkish Foreign Policy—J. Tolay.
  • Democracy Diffusion: The Turkish Experience—K. Kirişci.
  • Turkey as an Economic Neighbor—T. Straubhaar.
  • Turkey as a Transatlantic Neighbor—N. Tocci.
  • Turkey and Its Neighborhood: Past, Present, and Future—the Authors.