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Testing the Waters, Pushing the Boundaries: Turkey’s Ambitions in the Eastern Mediterranean

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Turkey is a critical actor in multiple regions including Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia. As a relatively new region of reference, Eastern Mediterranean is no exception. Turkey, under the leadership of President Tayyip Erdoğan, has been pursuing an aggressive foreign policy that aims to capitalize on the newly discovered natural gas resources and the potential opportunities these resources will provide to the region’s countries. This foreign policy has caused tensions with Greece and other countries that are party to the existing formal and informal arrangements in the region. This chapter provides a background to Turkey’s ambitions in the region and ties the regional endeavors of Turkey to internal and external sources of insecurity for Turkey and Erdoğan, including economic indicators, changing demographics, the rise of the opposition in domestic politics, the challenges associated with the EU membership process, and concerns about other regional conflicts.

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  • Turkey
  • Erdogan
  • AK Party
  • Foreign Policy
  • Threat Perceptions

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Sandal, N.A. (2021). Testing the Waters, Pushing the Boundaries: Turkey’s Ambitions in the Eastern Mediterranean. In: Tziampiris, A., Asderaki, F. (eds) The New Eastern Mediterranean Transformed. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70554-1_5

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