This book explores both the history and current diplomatic and foreign policy challenges in Turkish-French relations. By critically analyzing Turkish and French government and archival documents, as well as other primary sources, it reviews the evolution of Turkish-French relations and offers a better understanding of various diplomatic issues, foreign policy decisions, and geopolitical questions. Furthermore, it sheds new light on the significance of domestic political demands for foreign policy decisions and the importance of mutual perceptions in shaping the two countries' relations.
The book is divided into three parts, the first of which studies the history of Turkish-French relations, including the Ottoman Empire's trade relations with France, France's relations with the modern Republic of Turkey, and relations during the Cold War and its aftermath. The second part analyzes various dimensions, including diplomatic challenges, the two countries' foreign policy concepts, geopolitical aspects, economic and trade relations, and their cultural relationship. In turn, the third part presents case studies on more specific issues related to Franco-Turkish relations, including Turkey's EU accession process, the Armenian and Kurdish issues, and French and Turkish perspectives on the MENA region.
Aurélien Denizeau is an independent researcher and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris, France. His research focuses on Turkish history and political life, as well as Turkish foreign policy, its relations with the European Union and its strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Ozan Örmeci is an associate professor for Political Science and Public Administration at the Istanbul Kent University (Turkey). His research focuses on Turkish Foreign Policy, Global Politics, Comparative Politics, Turkish Political History, Political Psychology, and Social Movements in Turkey.