International Politics

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 453–467 | Cite as

Turkey’s choice: responding to security challenges through humanitarian norms with a revitalized EU anchor

  • E. Fuat Keyman
Original Article


Our globalizing world is presently in a state of global turmoil. While felt everywhere in the world, it is the Middle East in general, and Syria and Iraq in particular, where the meaning and the implications of the global turmoil have recently coalesced. As a regional hegemon bordering Syria and Iraq, Turkey is situated at the heart of these challenges. Despite the existing stalemate in Turkey–EU relations, Turkey can deal with these challenges more effectively if Turkey and the EU work together to develop common responses to them on the basis of humanitarian principles and values. In line with the ‘EU Global Strategy,’ Turkey and the EU could work together to provide humanitarian and effective responses to significant security risks they face and play an important role in post-conflict reconstruction and mediation. There is a need to revitalize Turkey–EU relations in a way trust and collaboration replaces skepticism and instrumentalism.


Refugee crisis War against ISIL Failed state Failed coup attempt Existential security threats The EU Global Strategy Turkey Syria Rule of law Buffer state 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.İstanbul Policy CenterSabancı Universiyty, Orta MahalleOrhanlı, TuzlaTurkey

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