The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy

From Belfer Center Studies in International Security

The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy

Edited by Lenore G. Martin and Dimitris Keridis





Since the end of the Cold War, Turkey has moved from the periphery to occupy the very center of Eurasian security. It is a critical participant in NATO and aspires to become a member of the European Union. The pivotal role that Turkey plays in Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caucasus has profound implications for the international arena and spawns vital debates over the directions of Turkish foreign policy. The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy explores these debates and the interactions between Turkey's domestic and foreign policies at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Contributors to the book include some of the foremost scholars and exponents of Turkish foreign policy. Their analyses reveal the complexity of the challenges that confront Turkey's foreign policy and suggest creative and resourceful strategies for resolving its policy dilemmas.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262134026 372 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


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Lenore G. Martin

Lenore G. Martin is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science, Emmanuel College. She is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, and Co-Chair of the Study Group on Modern Turkey at the Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Dimitris Keridis

Dimitris Keridis is Director of the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


  • The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy thoughtfully and comprehensively introduces its readers to the challenges facing Turkey in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia in all their subtlety and complexity. Some of the most distinguished analysts and commentators from Turkey, Europe, and the United States have contributed to this unique presentation of the contending worldviews within Turkey's decision-making elite and their foreign policy implications. The book's in-depth insights into Turkey's critical role in regional affairs are especially valuable for scholars and diplomats alike.

    Ismail Cem

    former Foreign Minister of Turkey (1997-2002)

  • A sound grasp of the facts and excellent analysis are the prerequisites to good policy-making. It is certainly of paramount importance in the relationship between Greece and Turkey. I believe that this volume meets that high standard and I recommend it warmly to all those who wish to understand the issues and to contribute to an era of security and peace in our region.

    George Papandreou

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece

  • This is a timely and coherent volume. Insightful arguments advanced by the authors sharply elucidate many of the complexities of Turkish foreign policy in the post-Cold War era. It highlights the richness of choices and paradoxes involved in balancing between political liberalization and security needs.

    Ali L. Karaosmanoglu

    Professor of International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara

  • This work represents a rare combination of scholarship and insightful policy analysis. The reader will come away with an appreciation for the breadth and depth of the challenges facing Turkish foreign policy makers and the philosophical struggle within Turkey's political elite who controlthe destiny of Turkey's role in world affairs.

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University