TURKEY’S BLACK SEA POLICY

TURKEY’S BLACK SEA POLICY: BETWEEN “RUSSIAN LAKE” AND “NATO’S BACKYARD”

After the illegal annexation of Crimea, as well as Russia’s military campaigns in Georgia, eastern Ukraine, and most recently Syria and Libya, Turkey’s role in the Black Sea basin has considerably increased both for the regional countries and for the NATO allies. This article will focus on Turkey’s evolving stance in the region, starting with a short overview of historical preconditions, looking at the recent developments, and ending with a brief analysis of the newly emerging trends that will most likely shape Ankara’s regional policy in the mid-term future



Yevgeniya Gaber

Yevgeniya Gaber, PhD, is a deputy director, H. Udovenko Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. She had previously served as a second secretary in political affairs in the Ukrainian Embassy in Ankara (2014–2018) and as an associate professor at the International Relations Department of Odesa National Mechnikov University (2009–2014). Her research interests cover issues of the Black Sea regional security, Turkish foreign and security policy. Yevgeniya has co-authored several monographs on the Black Sea and Middle East regional politics, and has more than 30 academic articles published worldwide.


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