Turkey and the West: From Neutrality to Commitment

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University Press of America, Dec 16, 2014 - History - 376 pages
Turkey and the West: From Neutrality to Commitment considers the formulation of Turkish foreign policy in the post-Atatürk period of 1938 to 1958 and discusses Turkey’s uneasy shift from neutrality to become a member of the Western Alliance. Turkey’s decision to ally itself with the Western grouping of states shaped its apprehension of regional and world politics in decades to come. Turkey’s choice, however, was neither adequately perceived nor fully appreciated in the volatile atmosphere of 1950s and onwards and went largely unnoticed on the part of Western democracies. A reinterpretation of Turkey's recent history throws considerable light on the complexities surrounding this strategically important country.

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1 Scope and the Contention
2 A Challenged Neutrality Turkey Under the Pressure of Emerging Rivals 19381940
3 The War and Neutral Obligations Turkish Foreign Policy VisàVis the Shifting Sands of Wartime Diplomacy 19411945
4 Tensions Revealed Prelude to War Cold and Hot and the Beginnings of the Turkish Quest for Security 1946
5 Turkeys Transformation Amidst Forceful Change and Turkish Strategies in Adapting to a New Security Environment 19451947
6 War Cold Launching of the Western Security Pacts and a ReAssessment of Turkish Role in the Middle East 19481949
7 War Hot The Test of Wills in the Korean War and the Turkish Involvement in the Conflict 19501952
8 The Northern Tier Arrangements and the Prelude to Regional Divergences 19531958
9 Conclusion
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About the author (2014)

Yusuf Turan Çetiner has been a diplomat in the Turkish MFA since 1995. His works and various articles concentrate on the issues of XXth century diplomatic history and problems of reinterpreting major foreign policy issues. Turkey and the West: From Neutrality to Commitment is his first book and a major work completed within the span of more than a decade.

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