This edited volume speaks at large about issues at the core of the dispute of Turkey's accession to the EU taking a wider angle and locating the subject in foreign policy dimensions. The various chapters combine aspects of recent history, societal creeds and beliefs and overall cumbersome democratic development in Turkey with more strategic aspects, related to geopolitics, energy resources and maintaining allies and influence in the post-Soviet space and the Balkans.
Peter Balazs, Ph.D. is Jean Monnet Ad Personam Chair at the International Relations and European Studies department of the Central European University. His research activities are centred on the foreign policy of the European Union and problems of the modernization and integration of the Eastern part of the continent. He also analyses questions of European governance including the future of European institutions. Balazs heads the Centre for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS) at the CEU, combining his experience as a trained diplomat with academic research. Ahmet O. Evin, Ph.D. is Jean Monnet Professor of European Policy Studies at Sabanci University, where he was the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and is also a senior scholar at Istanbul Policy Centre. He has taught at New York University, Harvard, Hacettepe University (Ankara), University of Pennsylvania (where he also served as director of the Middle East Centre), University of Hamburg, Bilkent University (An- kara, where he headed the Department of Political Science), and Northwestern. He has also served as director of education for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (Paris and Geneva).
Table of contents List of Contributors 7 Introduction (Ahmet Evin) 11 Chapter 1: Foreign Policy and the EU in Turkish Politics: Exploring Trends in Electoral Manifestos (Emre Hatipoglu*, Ilker Aslan and Brooke Luetgert) Chapter 2: Support for enlargement and the acquis communautaire in EU member states and in Turkey (Bogdan Mihai Radu, Zselyke Tofalvi) Chapter 3: History in the use of diplomacy: France, Turkey and the EU facing the question of the Armenian genocide (Aron Szele) Chapter 4: EU-Russia-Turkey Relationships and Impacts on Neighborhood Issues with focus on the Post-Soviet Countries and the Economic Dimension (Zsuzsa Ludvig) Chapter 5: Economic interests of the EU and Turkey on the Balkans (Tamas Szigetvari) Chapter 6: The future of the Western Balkans: Will western allure prevail over eastern assertiveness? (Hana Semanic) Conclusion (Peter Balazs)