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Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium

Edited By Hüseyin Isıksal and Ozan Örmeci

In recent years there has been an increased public and academic interest in the new activism within Turkish foreign policy and Turkey's search for a more ambitious role. This book represents a new outlook, perception and conceptualization on Turkish Foreign Policy and offers contributions from various experts in their fields. The volume includes over forty chapters that cover ten area-based analyses including Turkey's relations with the EU, the Middle East, Cyprus and the US, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Central Asia, Latin America, the Far East and International Organizations.
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Turkey and the Euro-Mediterranean: Geopolitics & Geo-economics at Crossroads

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Abstract: From the time immemorial, Mediterranean basin has formed a common field of civilisation, as a result of constant and intense communication and confrontation on north-south and east-west axes. Europe is an integral part of this greater sphere of civilisation, rather than a distinct geographical entity in itself. Although the focus of Mediterranean policy of the EU seems to concentrate on north-south axe, in geo-economic and geopolitical terms the main challenge of Euro-Mediterranean politics lays still around the Aegean basin, i.e. around the question of Turkey’s accession to the EU. This implies not only to confront the conventional challenges of full membership such as size, population etc. widely referred to in the relevant literature, but also a confrontation in itself with the old centre of the Mediterranean world, an encounter which does not draw attention at first sight. This paper aims to focus on this point, drawing on history and interplay of geopolitics and geo-economics.

Keywords: Turkey-Euro-Mediterranean relations, Geopolitics, Geo-economics.

Introduction: Euro-Mediterranean as a Field of Interaction or Border?

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