Tarik Oguzlu charts the history of Turkey’s membership of NATO, arguing that as Turkey has become more influential in the region, it has sought to not place all its eggs in the European basket, and find a leading role for itself.
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SOAS’ Gamon McLellan argues that the reaction to recent terrorist attacks in Paris highlighted how the Turkish government’s understanding of Europe differs radically from the prevailing mood across the rest of the continent, this has not helped Turkey’s EU candidacy.
Habibe Ozdal outlines the development of Turkish-Russian relations in recent years, arguing that a ‘copartmentalisation’ has helped insulate bilateral ties from obstacles such as the Russo-Georgian War of 2008 and the ongoing Ukraine crisis.
Özdem Sanberk explains that Russia’s attempt at annexation of Crimea upsets a balance in the region which all the sides have worked hard to create, not just over decades but indeed over centuries.