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new publication: Turkey-South Africa Relations: Changing Dynamics in Turkish Foreign Policy

Abstract
Even though Turkey has a strong historical relationship with the Republic of South Africa dating back to the 19th century, its historical and political relations with the Republic of South Africa remained very limited since the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. When the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power in October 2002, the traditional dynamics of Turkish foreign policy changed significantly. The ruling party explored new political, economic and social instruments so as to increase its relations with South Africa. The AK Party has combined elements of constructivist and realist approaches in its foreign policy activism, focusing on restoring the damaged historical relations with African countries and strengthening economic and trade relations with them. This article argues that there is a mixture of motivations behind increasing the bilateral relations between the two states. Also, this research will focus on how geopolitical, geoeconomic an…

new work on Turkish-Somali Relations

TURKISH-SOMALI RELATIONS: CHANGING STATE IDENTITY AND FOREIGN POLICY
Abstract
This article will examine the driving dynamics behind the increasing relations between Turkey and Somalia. Turkey has been an important actor on the African politics since the AK Party (Justice and Development Party) came to power in 2002. For instance, while Turkey only had 12 embassies across the continent until 2005, it currently has 35. Turkey is today among the countries in the world having one of the most diplomatic missions on the African continent. Turkey’s economic relations with the continent have also changed significantly. Whereas Turkey’s total trade with Africa was 2 billion dollars in 2005, it is presently about 22 billion dollars. Importantly, Turkey is aiming to increase her total trade with Africa up to 50 billion dollars until 2020. Furthermore, Turkish NGOs are actively involved in many humanitarian projects in the different African countries. Turkey has particularly paid a great deal of at…

Erdogan’s visit in East Africa: New Strategies and New Threats

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started his offical visits in East Africa including Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagaskar scheduled on 22-26 January 2017. Erdogan has become the first president visiting Mozambique and Madagaskar at the presidential level since Turkey was established in 1923. Erdogan is making his African visit with a large delegation from Turkish politicians and Turkish business circles. Erdogan’s visit in East Africa is giving a strong message to the Western world that Turkey has actively continued to be an active player on the international stage and taking its foreign policy decisions independently despite new security challenges and the new political developments in Turkey. What does Erdogan’s current visit in East Africa mean for Turkey?
There are political, economic, historical and security dynamics behind the Erdogan’s current visit in East Africa. The first dynamics is that Turkey has developed a new foreign policy strategy since the ruling AK Party g…

New academic work

Explaining the Conflict in Central African Republic: Causes and Dynamics
Abstract
Since the Central African Republic (CAR) gained independence from France in 1960 it has faced deep social, economic and political crises. The country has witnessed 10 military coup attempts between 2005 and 2015, which have aggravated political and economic development of the CAR. The most recent by leader of the Seleka coalition group, Michel Djotodia, against the government of Bozize in March 2013 that saw hundreds of thousands displaced and thousands killed. Although the violence in the CAR partially polarized Muslims and Christians, we argue in this paper that the driver of the conflict in the CAR is more a struggle for power among political elite. The aim is to explain the main motivations behind the political crisis and the changing dynamics of the violent conflict in the CAR. Keywords
Central African Republic; Africa; France; Seleka; Anti-balaka; Religion; Security; Conflict.
Citation:
Sıradağ, A. ( 201…

Karar Gazetesi'nde Yayinlanan Yeni Makalem: Afrika'nin Turkiye icin Stratejik Onemi Nedir?

Afrika'nın Türkiye için Stratejik Önemi Nedir?
Yard. Doç. Dr. Abdurrahim Sıradağ
Kral Fahd Petrol ve Mineral Üniversitesi
http://www.karar.com/gorusler/abdurrahim-siradag-yazdi-afrika-ile-gelecek-mumkun-mu-173213
AK Parti’nin Kasım 2002 yılında iktidara gelmesi ile birlikte Türk dış politikası (TDP) büyük bir değişim ve dönüşüm içerisine girmiştir. Bu değişim ve dönüşümün en fazla görüldüğü yerlerden birisi de Afrika kıtası olmuştur. AK Parti hükümetleri döneminde Afrika ile ilişkilerin geliştirilmesi TDP’nin en önemli stratejik amaçlarından birisi haline gelmiştir. Türkiye, Afrika ile siyasi, ekonomik, güvenlik, sosyal ve kültürel alanlarda ilişkilerini her geçen gün daha da derinleştirmektedir. Bu bağlamda, Türkiye 2005 yılını Afrika yılı ilan etmiştir. 2008 ve 2014 yıllarında Türkiye-Afrika Zirveleri düzenlenmiştir. Afrika Birliği (AfB) Türkiye’yi 2008 yılında stratejik ortak olarak kabul etmiştir. Türkiye aynı zamanda Afrika’daki AfB ve Batı Afrika Ülkeleri Ekonomik İşbirliği Top…
Towards A Strategic Partnership between Turkey and Saudi Arabia: New Opportunities
Abstract:

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have strong political and economic relations. Importantly, Turkey and Saudi Arabia established a High-level Strategic Cooperation Council in 2015 in order to strengthen their common political and economic relations. The emerging partnership between the two countries has created a number of significant opportunities for both countries. This seminar will discover the new opportunities emerged with the establishment of a strategic partnership between Turkey and Saudi Arabia and how these two countries will deepen their collaboration in the future.


The seminar was held by Assist. Prof. Dr. Abdurrahim Sıradağ  at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on 27 April 2017.

Al Jazeera Turk'te yayimlanan makalem

İran krizi kıskacında Türkiye ve Suudi Arabistan ilişkileri
Türkiye ile Suudi Arabistan… Hem bölgenin en önemli aktörlerinden hem de 2000’lerden sonra siyasi, ekonomik ve politik olarak büyük bir dönüşüm ve değişim sürecine giren iki ülke… Bölgesel dinamikler onları daha fazla işbirliğine itiyor.
Kasım 2002 seçimleri ile iktidara gelen AK Parti, Suudi Arabistan ile ilişkilerini her düzeyde güçlendirmek için önemli adımlar atıyor. Keza 2005’te Suudi Arabistan’ın yeni kralı olan Abdullah Bin Abdülaziz, ülkesinin Türkiye ile stratejik ilişkilerini güçlendirmek için büyük çaba sarf etmişti. Aralık 2015’te Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ın Suudi Arabistan’ı ziyaretinin ardından iki ülke, Stratejik İşbirliği Konseyi kurarak ikili ilişkilerin kurumsallaşmasına yönelik çok önemli bir adım attı. Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, havalimanında bizzat karşıladığı Kral Selman’a Devlet Nişanı Madalyası takdim etti. Kral Selman’ın Türkiye ziyareti gerek ikili ilişkilerin geleceği ve gerekse bölgenin güvenlik…