While highlighting the challenges Turkish foreign policy in Africa faces, Evangelos Areteos also makes a case of this policy being a combination of "public diplomacy and visionary strategic pragmatism". This combination has led to a new paradigm in Turkish foreign policy.
“Our Bodies are Turkish, Our Soul Islamic”: The Grey Wolves and the Essence of Present-Day Turkish-Islam Mobilization
Evangelos Areteos explains how the ideology and combative activism of the Idealist Hearths is radically transforming the country’s political and cultural dynamics
Recently, AKP and Erdogan have been facing challenges from their own backward, the “huzursuz muhafazakarlar” - the “restless conservatives”. This group's actions put into question how long the dominant narrative of Turkey’s grandeur can remain sustainable.
By Evangelos Areteos: "The Mavi Vatan (Blue Homeland in English) naval doctrine of Turkey has lately emerged as one of the pillars of the Turkish foreign and security policy, aiming at establishing Turkey as a vast regional naval power in and around the Mediterranean"
From the Valley to a Pit: Legitimation of the State and Counter-Narratives through Turkish TV Series
The shadowy relations of the state with organized crime have become the central plot of a very popular sub-genre of Turkish TV series. This sub-genre of TV series, where the state and its survival intertwine with the organized crime had started with the TV series and films “Valley of the Wolves” and it resurfaced with the TV series “Eşkıya Dünyaya Hükümdar Olmaz” – Bandits. However, a new sub-genre has lately emerged, where organised crime is depicted as the way of survival of urban poor, and by doing so, it has reframed the popular culture of contestation of the legitimacy of the state.
The dilemma between an ideologically re-invented past of Ottoman greatness – which “legitimizes” the greatness of today’s Turkey – and the economic and social realities, as they are shaped by the pandemic, continuously shape Turkish identity and politics even today.
By Petros Petrikkos A lack of attention in addressing Cyprus’ cyberspace and security systems is a major problem for the country. The rise of newer technologies and threats require an upgrade in the existing systems.
The Challenges of Formulating National Security Strategies (NSS) in the Presence of Overarching Existential Threats
By Constantinos Adamides The overall objective of the paper is to examine how states that face an overarching (perceived) existential threat may be at a disadvantage when developing their National Security Strategies (NSS).
By Marinos Papaioakeim Despite the fact that Cyprus is a small state in the international system, with all that this entails in the exercise of diplomatic practice, the Republic of Cyprus (RoC), particularly in the last ten years, has taken several initiatives for activities that fall in the realm of defence diplomacy.
Power Games in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus: The Trouble with Turkey’s Coercive Diplomacy
By Michalis Kontos This paper examines the case of the Republic of Cyprus’ (RoC's) quest for exploring natural gas reserves in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) amidst Turkey’s threats, under the lens of coercion and deterrence theory