Turkey Book Talk episode 165Birol Başkan, non-resident scholar at The Middle East Institute, on “The Nation or the Ummah: Islamism and Turkish Foreign Policy” (SUNY Press), co-written with Ömer Taşpınar. 

The book examines Turkey’s foreign policy during the Arab Spring era, when Ankara threw its weight behind protest movements seeking to overthrow established regimes around the Middle East. This period was distinct from the early years of Erdogan’s government, as well as more recent times when Turkey has sought to patch things up with regional adversaries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 163Noah Amir Arjomand, Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholar in Global Media, Development and Democracy at the Center for International Media Assistance and Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, on “Fixing Stories: Local Newsmaking and International Media in Turkey and Syria” (Cambridge University Press).

The book is a detailed study of the role of fixers – local intermediaries who grease the wheels between journalists and sources – in international news coverage on Turkey and Syria.

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Turkey Book Talk episode 156Ramazan Aras, professor of social and cultural anthropology at Istanbul’s Ibn Haldun University, on “The Wall: The Making and Unmaking of the Turkish-Syrian Border” (Palgrave Macmillan).

The book examines the effect on local Kurdish communities of the foundation of the Turkey-Syria border in 1923 and its hardening in subsequent decades, leading most recently to Turkey’s building of a hi-tech security wall along the length of the border.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #143 – Christine Philliou, associate professor of history at UC Berkeley, on “Turkey: A Past Against History” (University of California Press).

The book examines the life of writer Refik Halid Karay (1888-1965), interrogating the long heritage and shifting meaning of political dissent from Ottoman to republican eras.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #135 – Murat Erdogan, director of Turkish German University’s Migration and Integration Research Centre, on the future of Syrians in Turkey.

Erdoğan oversees “Syrians Barometer”, an annual UNHCR-supported research project tracking the views and tendencies of Syrians in Turkey, as well as Turkish citizens’ views of Syrians.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #132 – Omer Taşpınar, professor at the US National War College and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, on “What the West is Getting Wrong about the Middle East: Why Islam is Not the Problem” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury)

The book argues that the US and Europe often fundamentally misunderstand social and political trends in the Middle East, overemphasising the importance of Islam at the expense of more important economic, governance and institutional factors. It makes this case by examining the examples of Turkey, the Sunni-Shia divide and the emergence of ISIS.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #118  –  Serhun Al on the historical origins of Turkey’s Kurdish issue and the latest crackdown on the Kurdish movement.

Al is assistant professor at Izmir Economics University, co-editor of “Comparative Kurdish Politics in the Middle East” (Palgrave Macmillan), and author of “Patterns of Nationhood and Saving the State in Turkey” (Routledge) as well as a number of academic article on the Kurdish issue.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #111  –  Omar Kadkoy, policy analyst at the Ankara-based TEPAV think tank, on the over 3.5 million Syrian migrants and refugees in Turkey, the Turkey-EU migrant deal, shifting public opinion, and the legal future of Syrians in the country.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #106  –  Mike Giglio, staff writer at The Atlantic, on his book “Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate” (Public Affairs).

The book describes Giglio’s years reporting on the rise and fall of ISIS from Turkey, Syria and Iraq, including time embedded on the front line with Iraqi special forces and the Syrian Kurdish YPG.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #101  –  Soner Çağaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, on how Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria fits into President Erdoğan’s broader policies in the Middle East.

Çağaptay is the author of three books since 2014 on Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy, most recently “Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

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Become a member to support Turkey Book Talk and get a load of extras: A 35% discount on any of over 400 books in IB Tauris/Bloomsbury’s excellent Turkey/Ottoman history category, English and Turkish transcripts of every interview upon publication, transcripts of the entire archive of episodes, and an archive of 231 reviews written by myself covering Turkish and international fiction, history, journalism and politics.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #99  – Deniz Çifçi on “The Kurds and the Politics of Turkey: Agency, Territory and Religion” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

Based on extensive on-the-ground research, the book describes the diversity of interest and opinion among Kurds in Turkey, addressing differences in language, tribal affiliation, religion and ideology.

While news coverage and analysis often see the Kurds as a homogeneous group with unified demands, Çifçi paints a more nuanced picture.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #97  –  Emre Erşen, associate professor of political science and international relations at Marmara University, discusses the past, present and future of Ankara’s relations with Russia and China.

Erşen is co-editor, along with Seçkim Köstem, of “Turkey’s Pivot to Eurasia: Geopolitics and Foreign Policy in a Changing World Order” (Routledge).

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Also check out episode #83 – Selim Koru on Turkey, Russia and the power of political resentment 

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