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Erdogan's Empire


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Introduction - A Trip to Istanbul Chapter I - Osman's Dream Chapter II - Restoring Turks' Dignity-as Muslims Chapter III - "Strategic Depth" Chapter IV - Building Soft Power Chapter V - Europe's Slap Chapter VI - An American Affair Chapter VII - The Syrian Disaster Chapter VIII - Menacing Russians Chapter IX - Competing Persians Chapter X - Erdogan's Arab Fall Chapter XI - Uncomfortable Ottomans Chapter XII - Course Correction Chapter XIII - Erdogan vs. Trump Chapter XIV - Erdogan's Empire Part I: East Africa Chapter XV - Erdogan's Empire Part II: "Bayram Belt" Chapter XVI - Turkey and the West: A Never-Ending Love Affair Conclusion - How Can Turkey become Great?

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The first overview of Turkey's dangerous role in the contemporary Middle East

About the Author

Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, USA.


An excellent evaluation of Turkey's imperial ambitions over the past decade and well-worthwhile reading for anyone who wants to understand what's presently going on in this important country and where it's going. * The New Arab *
Cagaptay has authored a highly authoritative and accessible book on Turkish foreign policy. * Fathom Journal *
A concise breakdown of the forces pushing and pulling on Turkey's geopolitical landscape. His criticisms of the Turkish state and other actors are balanced. I believe Cagaptay's books merit praise for one main reason: he hasn't given up on Turkey and is still willing to make the positive case for the country in a climate where much of the coverage and commentary is negative. * Duvar English *
Soner Cagaptay is an astute and honest chronicler of the mercurial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His latest book, Erdogan's Empire, is a comprehensive look at the Turkish leader's "neo-Ottoman" foreign policy-and the way he has defiantly tried to reestablish Turkey as a standalone power by playing off Washington and Moscow and sabotaging his Arab rivals. By setting Erdogan against the backdrop of Ottoman-Turkish history, Cagaptay helps readers understand that breadth of his ambitions-and also why his policies have had such disruptive and sometimes toxic consequences for the United States. Americans, Israelis and Europeans may not like the headstrong, ruthless Erdogan, but after reading Cagaptay's book, they'll at least understand him. * David Ignatius, Columnist, The Washington Post *
This is a must-read for any serious analyst of Turkey's complex role within NATO, in the Middle East, and around the world. Turkey is a nation of enormous potential, with a rich and complicated history. Soner Cagaptay brings elements of history, geopolitics, and economics together seamlessly to illuminate a nation that will matter deeply in the unfolding course of the 21st century. * Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy *
During my four decade long career at the Turkish Foreign Ministry and since, I have grappled to find a work that explains Turkey's complex foreign policy to diplomats, journalists, and those simply captivated by this fascinating country between the East and the West. Cagaptay's book does exactly that, illuminating Turkish President Erdogan's foreign policy and his Middle Eastern ambitions, despite the determination of many of Turkey's citizens to embrace the 21st century's progress and eagerly take on its challenges. Cagaptay explains for us Erdogan's drive to make Turkey a standalone power in the context of Turkish and Ottoman history and global trends. This has ramifications not only for Turkey and its neighbors, but also Europe, U.S. and countries beyond. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand Turkey's foreign policy better. It is a must-read for citizens around the globe. * Ozdem Sanberk, Former Undersecretary at the Turkish Foreign Ministry *

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