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Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition

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Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition
Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition
By Ronald H. Linden,Ahmet Evin,Kemal Kirisci,Thomas Straubhaar,
Lynne Rienner Pub, 2011, 257 pp. $62.50 Purchase

This book brings together American, European, and Turkish experts on such diverse subjects as “reclaiming Turkey’s imperial past,” the country’s move “from confrontation to engagement” in the Middle East, Turkey’s relations with its Black Sea neighbors, Turkish energy policy (including pipelines being planned or built), and Turkey as a possible model of democratization for other Muslim polities. Subjects usually given separate chapters in books about Turkey -- for example, Greek-Turkish relations and Turkey’s relationship with the EU and the United States -- are here woven into larger themes. Buttressed by many tables and figures and thus a bit ponderous at times, the book nevertheless offers many aperçus, including this one from Tocci and Walker: “Oddly, Turkey has quickly become more European, more democratic, more Islamic, and increasingly more nationalist simultaneously.” The book covers developments only prior to mid-2010, but it provides a useful background for taking the measure of issues that emerged later, such as Turkey’s changing relations with Israel and Syria.

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