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Turkey’s Antarctic quest: historical legacies, geopolitical ambitions

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posted on 08.02.2022, 12:36 authored by Ali BilgicAli Bilgic

In the past five years, Turkey has become active in Antarctica, although these efforts have been overlooked in political and academic debates on Turkish foreign policy. In this article, Ali Bilgic explains the underlying reasons for Turkey’s accelerated efforts in Antarctica as part of its status-seeking foreign policy with a global geopolitical scope. He argues that, while Ankara clearly wants to build influence around the world, including Antarctica, it is unlikely that Turkey is seeking significant changes in the Antarctic geopolitical balance. Nevertheless, the patterns in Ankara’s behaviour suggest if the Antarctic Treaty System parties ignore or reject Turkey’s status-seeking in the region, then there might be a change in Turkish strategy.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

The RUSI Journal

Volume

166

Issue

6-7

Pages

64 - 72

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor & Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

09/06/2021

Publication date

2022-01-31

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

0307-1847

eISSN

1744-0378

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Ali Bilgic. Deposit date: 7 July 2021

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