Turkey and the World

Analysing Turkish foreign policy and Turkey’s global engagement

Turkey’s standing as an emerging power has evolved since the turn of the 21st century and its new forays into regions such as central Asia, Africa and Latin America have attracted wide international attention. From its bold initiatives in the Horn of Africa to its involvement in civil wars in the Middle East, Ankara’s formulation of a ‘new’ Turkish foreign policy reflected changing domestic and external factors as well as an overall trend away from Western orientation to emerging power foreign policy.

Analysing the interplay between domestic and external drivers of Ankara’s foreign policy outreach will allow us to better grasp Turkey’s engagement with international politics. LSE IDEAS Turkey and the World aims to contribute to academic and policy debates on contemporary trends in Turkish foreign policy.    


  • Turkish Foreign Policy in an Era of Regional and Global Turmoil (forthcoming)
  • Turkey and the Libyan Civil War: The Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean and Lethal Autonomous Drones (forthcoming)
  • Turkey: An Emerging Middle Power in a Changing World?

    Turkey has increased its international presence in recent years and attracted wide academic attention. In this Strategic Update, Dr Buğra Süsler discusses Turkey’s engagement with global politics, questioning whether and how Turkey fits into the international system as an “emerging middle power”.


  • Upcoming: LSE IDEAS Turkish Foreign Policy Event TBC 2022
  • Turkish Foreign Policy in an Era of Global and Regional Turmoil

    This conference was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in collaboration with the International Relations Department at Koc University. 7-9 February 2019.

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