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IR 504: Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy Spring 2014

IR 504: Issues in Turkish Foreign Policy
Spring 2014
Instructor: Bezen Balamir Coşkun
Class Hours: Tuesdays 13.00-15.50
Class: ZÜSEM
Office/Phone: Rektörlük Binası 416 / 2116796
Office Hours: Monday & Tuesday by appointment
E-mail: [email protected]
wiki address:
The course as a whole focuses on Turkish foreign policy from historical and conceptual
perspectives. It deals with the main issues, decision-making process, internal and external factors
influencing Turkey’s foreign policy from the late Ottoman times until the early 2000s. After
clarifying foundations and basic principles (in its historical evolution) of the TFP, selected issues in
TFP will be discussed.
Course Requirements
• Students are expected to do readings, watch weekly podcasts/videos and be ready to discuss in
• Students will participate in class discussions and write weekly blog postings
• Each student is required to write a Foreign Policy Analysis paper (3500-5000)
• Guidelines for the assignments will be circulated early in the semester.
1. Attendance (5% of the final grade will come from participation over 70%)
Students are expected to take active part in the class,
2. Class discussions (25%)
As the format of the course is based on class discussions not lectures students are expected to
attend classes regularly and to take active part in class discussions.
3. Blog Posts (40%)
During the term students will be asked to have a blog for this course and write weekly blog posts in
class to publish in their blogs after instructor’s corrections/revisions. In total students are required to
write 8 blog posts.
4. Foreign Policy Analysis Report (30%)
Reading Guidelines
As participation of class discussions are significant part of the assessment students are expected to
read before the class. There is no weekly readings lists. Students are expected to read selectively
among suggested textbooks. In their blog posts and class discussions they are expected to show
their level of knowledge on the literature. Besides the following textbook suggestions students will
be provided a list of bibliography on Turkish Foreign Policy.
Suggested Textbooks:
William Hale, Turkish Foreign Policy, 1774-2000, London: Frank Cass, 2002.
Baskın Oran (ed.), Türk Dış Politikası Cilt 1 -3
Baskın Oran (ed.) Turkish Foreign Policy Vol.1-3
Ertan Efegil, Dış Politika Analizi, 2012
Faruk Sönmezoğlu, Türk Dış Politikası, Der Yayınları
Ahmet Davutoğlu, Startejik Derinlik
Ahmet Davutoğlu, Strategic Depth
Kemal H. Karpat, Türk Dış Politikası Tarihi
Habibe Özdal, Mülakatlarla Türk Dış Politikası
Erman Akıllı, Türkiye’de Devlet Kimliği ve Dış Politika, Nobel yayınları
Mustafa Aydın, Turkish Foreign Policy, Old Problems, New Parameters, UNISCI, 2010
Ertan Eegil (ed.) Türkiye’nin Değişen Dış Politikası, Nobel Yayınları
Bezen Balamir Coşkun ve Birgül Demirtaş (ed.), Avrupa Birliği ve Komşuları, Elips Kitap
Bezen Balamir Coskun and Birgul Demırtas-Coskun (eds.), Neighbourhood Challenge: EU and its
Neighbours, Universal Publishers
Meliha Altunışık ve Özlem Tür, Turkey: Continuity and Change, Routledge
Ali Ayata ve Murat Ercan, Avrupa Birliği ve Türkiye ile İlişkileri, Nobel yayınları
Türkiye’nin Ortadoğu Politikası, Kadir Has Yayınları
Week 1. General introduction to the course, Review of Course Policies and Requirements,
Introduction (18 February)
Course syllabus, reading lists and course schedules will be given to students.
Week 2. Lecture: TFP from a historical perspective (25 February)
Week 3. Lecture: Principles, paradigmatic changes and decision making in TFP (4 March)
Blog Post (1)
Week 4. Class Discussion: Cyprus (11 March)
• Cyprus issue from a historical perspective (Salih Aydemir)
• Cyprus issue in TFP (Emrehan Emiroğlu)
Blog Post (2)
Week 6. European Union (18 March)
• Turkey’s relations with the EU (Betül Karayiğit)
Blog Post (3)
Week 7. Documentary & class discussion (25 March)
Week 8. International Financial Institutions (1 April)
• IMF’s structural adjustment programs and TFP
• Globalization, IPE and TFP (Furkan Kaya)
Blog Post (4)
Week 9. USA (8 April)
• Turkish - American relations from an historical perspective (Fatih Kaya)
• Turkey’s relations with the USA and TFP (Zeynel Abidin Polattaş)
Blog Post (5)
Week 10. Terrorism (15 April)
• PKK and the other Islamic terror groups and TFP
• The effects of regional and global terrorism on TFP (Ali Duman)
Blog Post (6)
Week 11. Documentary & Class Discussion (22 April)
Week 12. Energy (29 April)
• Energy security and TFP (Bahar Aktaş)
• The role of Energy in TFP (Ahmet Kaplan)
Blog Post (6)
Week 13. Middle East (6 May)
• Middle East in TFP (Mehmet Kılıç)
• Arab spring and TFP (Ahmet Muhsin Kankılıç)
Blog Post (8)
Week 14. Wrap Up, Conclusions and submission of Foreign Policy Analysis Reports (13 May)
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