Özatıcı, Kadir Cenk
This thesis analyzes the mutually interacting relationship between Turkey’s changing Syria policy, border security deficiencies and the comprehensive security challenges of Turkey between 2011 and 2019. From the very beginning of the Syrian civil war, Turkey firmly supported the Syrian opposition and demonstrated a clear position as a side in the intestine war. However, the duration and outcome of the Syrian civil war have not developed within the framework of Turkish decision-makers predictions, and the contagious nature of the civil war has produced increasing geopolitical consequences. In this framework, this dissertation seeks an explanation of the reasons for the paradigm shift in Turkey's Syria policy. In other words, this dissertation incorporates the evolution of Turkey’s Syria policies in the context of the power vacuum, cross border transitivity and security turbulences in the region.


Paradoxes in Turkey's Syria policy: Analyzing the critical episode of agenda building
Tür Küçükkaya, Özlem (2016-09-01)
This article explores the discursive reasons behind the paradoxes in Turkey's foreign policy since the onset of the Syria crisis. By looking at representation of Turkey's Syria policy in two prominent pro-government newspapers, Star and Yeni Safak, the authors highlight the significance of the February 2012 episode, after which Ankara experienced deep discursive dilemmas for three reasons: the uncertain portrayal of the dyadic context, the ambiguous framing of third-party roles, and ambivalent agenda buildi...
Russian-Syrian relations since the Arab spring: a strong alliance
Şen, Ayça Hüma; Tür Küçükkaya, Özlem; Department of Middle East Studies (2020)
This thesis analyzes the relations between Russia and Syria since the Arab Spring within the framework of small state foreign policy behavior and alliance formation mechanism built upon by Syria. By doing so, historical background of the relations, major challenges, vulnerabilities as well as strenghts were pointed out within the prism of Russian-Syrian relations in the region and its regional and international effects and consequences tried to be evaluated under a Russian-Syrian alliance.
Astana process in context with Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign policies on Syrian complexity
Çoban, Mehmet İlbey; Bağcı, Hüseyin; Applied Ethics (2020-9)
This thesis is based on explaining the dynamics that led the Iran, Russia and Turkey to initiate Astana Process within the framework of the Syrian Civil War’s changing dynamics. The theoretical part intends to combine neorealism with the “complexity” paradigm. Neorealism’s linear ontology is problematic in explaining the changing dynamics. The complexity paradigm explains non-linear processes derived from its ontological foundation. Especially the variety and diversity of actors, their interconnection, inte...
What are the prospects for Turkey-EU cooperation in foreign policy? Compatibility of Turkish foreign policy with the EU foreign policy
Torun, Zerrin (2018-10-08)
This paper analyses Turkish foreign policy under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government with a view to identify its compatibility with that of the European Union. The paper starts with a section on characteristics and evolution of Turkish foreign policy. Following this, it focuses on the foreign policy of AKP governments, which have been in power since 2002. Between 2002 and 2011 examples of divergence between Turkish and EU foreign policies can be observed. However, the prevailing ethos ...
Political Changes in Turkey and the Futureof Turkey-EU Relations: From Convergence to Conflict?
Eralp, Atila; Göksel, Asuman (null; 2018-09-04)
This paper presents an analysis of the political changes in Turkey since 1999, through a process-tracing exercise for four political drivers -namely democratisation, civil-military relations, the Kurdish question and foreign policy orientation- that unfold these changes under three periods of Turkey’s political history (1999-2002; 2007-2013; 2013-present); and secondly presenting an assessment of which of the three FEUTURE scenarios for Turkey-EU relations—convergence, cooperation or conflict —is the most l...
Citation Formats
K. C. Özatıcı, “SECURITY GAP AND PARADIGM SHIFT ON THE AXIS OF TURKEYS TRANSFORMING SYRIA POLICY,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2023.