Turkish Foreign Policy: Islam, Nationalism, and Globalization

Hardcover | July 15, 2011

byHasan Kösebalaban

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Sources of Turkey’s foreign policy behavior are often found in the ideological battle among four major ideological groups: secularist nationalism, Islamic nationalism, secular liberalism, and Islamic liberalism. Exploring the Ottoman origins of this ideological battle, this book moves on to discuss how rival identity groups competed to shape foreign policy in different periods of the Republican era. It traces the rise and decline of political parties and movements representing these ideological positions and their competition to shape and utilize foreign policy in line with their values and interests. A special focus is given to discussion of foreign policy during the last eight years under the Justice and Development Party.

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Sources of Turkey’s foreign policy behavior are often found in the ideological battle among four major ideological groups: secularist nationalism, Islamic nationalism, secular liberalism, and Islamic liberalism. Exploring the Ottoman origins of this ideological battle, this book moves on to discuss how rival identity groups competed to...

Hasan Kösebalaban is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Lake Forest College. He will be joining the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Istanbul Sehir University beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230109535

ISBN - 13:9780230109537

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Conceptual and Theoretical Outline * Ottoman Origins of Turkish Identity Discourses * Kemalist Nationalism and Foreign Policy Isolationism (1923-1950) * Liberal Reorientation of Turkish Foreign Policy: Pro-Western Assertiveness (1950-1960) * Foreign Policy in the Shadow of Military Interventions (1960-1980) * Searching for a Post-Cold War Identity: 1983-2002 * Turkey under the AKP: An Emerging Power in the Age of Globalization

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“Like no other text available today, Kösebalaban's Turkish Foreign Policy deftly explains the interplay between ideology, history, and identity in shaping the global conduct of this rising power. A most reliable guide to navigating the complex terrain of Turkey's emerging post-Kemalist foreign policy.”--Peter Mandaville, George Mason University, author of Global Political Islam "By bringing in ideology and identity, Kösebalaban introduces a refreshing perspective to understand the past and present of Turkish foreign policy and liberates it from the domination of geo-politics and realpolitik. Bridging the gap between the ‘inside’ and the ‘outside,’ this book provides a comprehensive picture of Turkey's foreign affairs in the context of globalization.”--Ihsan Dagi, Middle East Technical University and Editor-in-Chief of Insight Turkey  “This book provides an in-depth analysis of the sources, attributes, achievements, and challenges of Turkish foreign policy from a much-needed perspective--one that situates foreign policy at the intersection of not just international but national struggles for democracy and identity. At a time when the direction and motives of Turkish foreign policy have gained new prominence, Kösebalaban’s book is an extremely timely and important reminder of how little scholarly literature has focused on Turkey’s domestic conflicts and debates on ideology, power, identity, religion, and militarism as the game-changers of foreign policy. This is a must-read book for scholars, researchers, students, political strategists, policy-makers, and anyone who has felt that domestic variables have largely been amiss, glossed over, or understudied in the academic treatment of foreign policy process of Turkey.”--Umit Cizre, Istanbul Sehir University, Turkey, and editor of Secular and Islamic Politics in Turkey: The Making of the Justice and Development Party