The Open Access edited volume co-edited by INSITER’s Academic Coordinators Ebru Turhan and Wulf Reiners (2016-17) and titled “EU-Turkey Relations: Theories, Institutions, and Policies” has been published by Palgrave in June 2021. Click hereto access and download the volume for free. The edited volume functions as the final output of the INSITER module.
The open access book explores the new complexities and ambiguities that epitomize EU-Turkey relations. With a strong focus on the developments in the last decade, the book provides full access to a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted relationship through three entry points:(1) Theories and Concepts, (2) Institutions, and (3) Policies. Part I brings together complementary and competing analytical approaches to study the evolution of EU-Turkey relations, ranging from traditional integration theories to novel concepts. Part II investigates the institutional machinery of EU-Turkey relations by analyzing the roles and perspectives of the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. Part III offers analyses of the policies most relevant for the relationship: enlargement policy, trade and macroeconomic policies, foreign and security policy, migration and asylum policies, and energy policy. In Part IV, the volume closes with a systematic survey of the conditions under which cooperative trends in EU-Turkey relations could be (re)invigorated. The systematic setup and the balanced combination of distinguished experts from EU- and Turkey-based institutions make this book a fundamental reading for students, researchers, lecturers, and practitioners of EU-Turkey relations, European integration and Turkish foreign policy.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan attended the 49th UACES Annual Conference which took place at the University of Lisbon on 1-4 September 2019. Turhan presented a paper titled “The Evolution of EU Studies in Turkey: A Gender Perspective” co-authored by Rahime Süleymanoglu Kürüm at the panel “European Union-Turkey Relations in Times of Crisis – Actors, Perceptions and Discourses”.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan held a public lecture on Turkish Narratives of Europe as part of the Coimbra Group International Lecture Series “Narratives of Europe – Narratives for Europe” on 25 June 2019 at the University of Cologne. The lecture series attempts a survey of the different narratives on Europe across EU member states and key third countries, focusing on both differences and common traits, inspired by the hope that an increased awareness of these narratives and expectations increases and improves mutual understanding within the EU. Turhan’s presentation was streamed live and could be watched here.
INSITER is proud to publish the best student research papers written during 2018-2019 for the four lectures/seminars that are components of the INSITER project. The following papers have been chosen as the best ones to be published given their overall academic quality and the grades the students received for them:
AVU 114, Furkan Durmaz, “EU-Turkey Relations on the axis of Refugee Crisis”, read here.
AVU 101, Asiye Bilge Kırca, “The Role of European Identity in Turkey-European Union Relations”, read here.
AVU 106, Onur Alp, “U.S Foreign Policy: Why U.S Withdrew from Iran nuclear deal
An explaining with foreign policy theories “, read here.
AVU 107, Fatih Hacıbektaşoğlu, “Is European Parliament democratic or non-democratic?”, read here.
INSITER coordinator Ebru Turhan published an edited-volume titled “German-Turkish Relations Revisited: The European Dimension, Domestic and Foreign Politics and Transnational Dynamics”which builds on a multi-angled and accessible approach with refreshing contributions on latest developments in German-Turkish affairs by German and Turkish scholars. Departing from the intermestic and exceptionally interdependent nature of German-Turkish relations, the edited volume revisits the German-Turkish dialogue and examines the potential for future cooperation and conflict between both countries. To this end, the chapters of the volume focus on three dimensions of German-Turkish relations which particularly involve conflictual and cooperative dialogue: the European dimension, domestic and foreign politics and transnational dynamics. For the table of contents and the introductory chapter “German-Turkish Relations – Intermestic, Interdependent, Intricate” please click here.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan and former INSITER Co-Coordinator and Advisory Board Member Wulf Reiners participated in the panel titled “Varying, Overlapping, and Competing Perceptions of a Unique Partnership: Unravelling the Stories on EU-Turkey Relations” at the 2019 EUSA Biennial Conference in Denver, USA. While Wulf Reiners acted as the discussant of the panel, Ebru Turhan presented a paper titled “Elite Framing of the EU-Turkey Refugee “Deal”: A Comparative Analysis of German and Turkish Policy-Makers’ Expectations from and Understandings of the “Deal” co-authored with Ayca Arkilic from the Victoria University of Wellington, and also served as the Chair of the session. Other presenters of the panel included Meltem Müftüler-Bac (Sabanci University) and Ebru Ece Özbey (University of Cologne).
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan’s chapter titled “Thinking out of the Accession Box: The Potential and Limitations of Internal and External Differentiated Integration between Turkey and the EU” was published in the edited volume (Matthias Waechter / Hartmut Marhold, Eds.) “Europe – Against the Tide”, pp. 43-59, Nomos: Baden-Baden.
On 4 December 2018 INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan acted as a panelist together with Dr Simon Waldman (King’s College London) at a breakfast talk in Berlin titled “Between Brussels and London: The UK’s Turkey Policy after Brexit” organized by Heinrich Boell Foundation. Throughout her speech Turhan addressed the existing partnership models between the EU and third countries outside the accession framework and analyzed the similarities and differences between Turkey and these third countries in terms of their working relationship with the EU. Turhan further talked about the limits and potentials of the applicability of a possible Brexit model to the EU-Turkey dialogue.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan will realize a research stay at the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin during June-September 2018 with the kind support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Throughout her stay Turhan will serve as a visiting researcher at the IEP where she will intensively focus on the normative consistency of the EU’s enlargement policy towards Turkey and Turkey’s issue-specific external differentiated integrated with the EU, which are research areas closely linked to the INSITER project. In this vein, the research stay at the IEP will positively contribute to the overall progression of the project and the research conducted within the framework of the INSITER while also enabling the dissemination of the existing project outputs within the German academic circles.