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Turkey in World Politics: An Emerging Multiregional Power

Barry Rubin and Kemal Kirisci, editors
ISBN: 978-1-55587-954-9
2001/270 pages/LC: 00-045983

"A first-rate collection of articles analyzing various aspects of current Turkish foreign policy."—Michael M. Gunter, Journal of Third World Studies

"Provides a balanced overview of the foreign policy issues that Turkish foreign policy-makers have had to face in the post-cold war era.... [The book] is well written and lucid but, more importantly, it is a timely and much-needed contribution to the literature on Turkish studies.... This is easily the best volume on the subject currently available in English."—Blnnur Özkeçecl-Taner, Turkish Studies


Once characterized by an avoidance of foreign entanglements, Turkey's diplomacy has changed dramatically in the present era of regional agreements and organizations. Tracing the evolution of that change, this comprehensive study explores the country's new international posture.

The authors assess Turkey's policy toward Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the U.S., as well as its growing role within the Middle East region. They also address in depth the critical issues of economic, energy, and water policy. Their discussion of the interest groups and institutions affecting the policymaking process and the challenges facing the country's rapidly urbanizing and industrializing economy contribute to the picture of a complex, dynamic nation.


Barry Rubin is director of Global Reserach in International Affairs at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. He is editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs and has published extensively on Middle Eastern politics. Kemal Kirisci is professor of political science at Bogazici University, Istanbul. He is coauthor of The Political Economy of Cooperation in the Middle East.


  • Turkey: A Transformed International Role—B. Rubin.
  • The Contours of Turkish Foreign Policy in the 1990s—S. Kut.
  • The Military and Foreign Policymaking in Turkey—G. Özcan.
  • Turkey and the European Union: The Long Road to Membership—W. Hale and G. Avci.
  • The Balkans: Turkey's Stabilizing Role—Í. Üzgel.
  • What Says the Neighbor to the West? On Turkish-Greek Relations—A. Nachmani.
  • The Future of Turkish Policy Toward the Middle East—K. Kirisci.
  • The Strategic Glue in the Israeli-Turkish Alignment—E. Inbar.
  • U.S.-Turkish Relations: New Uncertainties in a Renewed Partnership—K. Kirisci.
  • Russia: The Challenges of Reconciling Geopolitical Competition with Economic Partnership—D.B. Sezer.
  • Turkey and the Newly Independent States of Central Asia and the Transcaucasus—G. Winrow.
  • The Challenge of Globalization and Turkey's Changing Political Economy—M. Eder.
  • Turkey's Energy Politics—B. Sasley.
  • Water Conflict: The Euphrates-Tigris Basin—A. Çarkoglu and M. Eder.
  • Understanding Turkey's New Foreign Policy—B. Rubin.