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Suits and Uniforms: Turkish Foreign Policy Since the Cold War
Suits and Uniforms: Turkish Foreign Policy Since the Cold War
By Philip Robins
University of Washington Press, 2003, 352 pp
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The first of this study's three parts sets out the general context of Turkish foreign policy by identifying and interpreting its key processes and players, from the foreign ministry, the military, and the parliament to the media and interest groups. In the second, Robins evaluates the domestic factors that shape Turkish policy, including historical memory, ideology, and economics. The third treats Turkish relations with Israel, the Turkic republics of Central Asia, the Kurds in northern Iraq, and the Balkans. Offering throughout a mix of interpretation and detailed chronology, Robins depicts Turkey as a status quo power operating in an unusually complex diplomatic environment with a forign policy that nonetheless seems sensible and reasonably successful.