Turkey, Asia and the EU in a Changing Global Order


Turkey, Asia and the EU in a Changing Global Order

Turkey, Asia and the EU in a Changing Global Order

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Turkey is increasingly involved in Asian geopolitics. Recent scholarship argues that behind Turkey’s increased interest in establishing relations with Asian powers over the last twenty years lies in the following: A structural power-shift from the U.S. to Asia, especially China and South-East Asia, which pushed Turkey to diversify its economic partners. This power-shift has been taking place at a moment when the economic powers of the transatlantic economies – especially the Anglo- American economies – are in a protracted, yet continuous, decline. The more China’s economic dynamism increases, the more it creates conditions for contributing to, and even determining the macroeconomic indicators of Asia as a whole, including Turkey’s. Commentators also see the withdrawal of the USA from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), due to its relative economic decline over the last few decades. In addition, Turkey has been undertaking significant political transformations, such as a shift to a presidential system. Turkey’s growing economic ties to Asia, and especially to China, are particularly significant in such a shifting political domestic context because these changes have a higher potential to impact Turkey’s future developmental path, and its political and economic trajectory.

The shifting dynamics of economic and political relations between Turkey and Asia certainly leave their imprint on Turkey-EU relations, too. This project thus proposes to examine Turkey’s domestic changes in globally changing circumstances and its impacts on Turkey-Asia relations as well as the policy implications of these processes on Turkey-EU relations.

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61.836 €

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30.950 €


Yasar University 


CATS Network, Centre for Applied Turkey Studies




  • University of East London, England
  • Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, China

Institutional Project Coordinator

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Sinan Ünlüsoy