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978-1-4985-7163-0 • Hardback • April 2019 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-4985-7164-7 • eBook • April 2019 • $95.00 • (£73.00)
Mustafa Demir is associate lecturer of international relations at Staffordshire University.
1 A Globalist Analysis
2 Constructing the Threat
3 Turkey Confronts a New Reality
4 Securing a ‘Kurdistan’ In Iraq
5 Regional Motives
6 Global Motives
7 The Changing Global Context
This book offers a well-researched account and analysis of Turkey’s evolving relationship with the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq in the period 2003-2013. It examines the drivers behind Turkish policy, considers Ankara’s shift towards ‘desecuritising’ its approach, explores areas of common ground between Ankara and Erbil, and focuses on the all-important energy relationship between them. It does not simply locate the relationship in a purely bilateral or regional context, but also endeavors to explain it through a more globalist perspective. This book helps fill the gap left by the relative scarcity of literature on this under-studied but important relationship.
— William Park, King’s College
Employing a globalist perspective on the Kurdish problem, this book offers a different approach: The extent and the motives behind the shift in Turkey's foreign policy toward the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. in order to analyze key turning points in Turkey's changing relations with the KRG, the book successfully frames the Kurdish question at a regional level going beyond the traditional methods of framing it within the domestic circumstances of various countries in the Middle East.
— Gokhan Bacik, Palacky University
Many people do not quite understand Turkey’s evolving relationship with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Instead, they rely on now outdated cognitive maps of the issue. Dr. Demir’s book offers an engaging and very important corrective to such views. Although Turkey’s relationship with Iraqi Kurdistan still suffers from old mindsets in some ways, the huge energy reserves in the area, Turkey and Europe’s insatiable appetite for non-Russian energy sources, and other factors have created unlikely partners in the region. Dr. Demir offers readers a fine overview of how, including an analysis of why this relationship may endure or how it may perish.
— David Romano, Missouri State University