Merhaba Misafir

The role of leadership networks in Turkey–Balkan relations in the AKP era


“Turkey is back!” Since the beginning of the 2000s, a considerable number of semi-academic and academic productions, echoing popular opinion, have been building around this theme with regard to the role of the Turkish Republic in the Balkan Peninsula and its social, cultural, economic, and religious ramifications. Yet one point is still not unpacked: Turkey’s policies towards Balkan countries based on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s personal links with Balkan leaders. These personalized relations have actually constituted the real engine on the ground. In this article we scrutinize the leader-oriented relationship model functioning between Turkey and the Balkan countries. We argue that this model is mostly based on mutual interest and favoritism, often causing tensions in relations and making Turkey an ambivalent actor in the region.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ)
  • Yıl : 2019
  • Cilt : 18
  • ISSN : 1303-5754
  • Sayı : 3
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 119-127
  • IO Kayıt No : 102766
  • Yayıncı : Toplumsal Katılım ve Gelişim Vakfı