Turkey's Entente with Israel and Azerbaijan
State Identity and Security in the Middle East and Caucasus
Routledge – 2010 – 226 pages
With the end of the Cold War came a new political instability in Turkey and a shift in relations with the West, leading the government to adopt new foreign policies and forge alliances with neighbouring states. This book offers a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the trilateral relationship between Turkey, Israel, and Azerbaijan.
Drawing both on first-hand interviews and on research not previously available in the English language, Alexander Murinson brings a new perspective to the study of the relationship between the three countries. In particular he examines the commonalities of state identities that brought the countries together, the role of state institutions, the security dimension and the influence of globalization. In a period of growing concerns about European energy security, the book provides an extensive discussion of the activities carried out by various think-tanks, especially in Washington, regarding the regional and domestic politics of the three countries.
An original contribution to study of regional processes in the expanded Middle East after the end of the Cold War, this book is a welcome addition to the literature on the regional politics of the Middle East and the Caucasus. As such, it will be of great interest to anyone studying international relations, security studies and Middle Eastern politics.
"Murinson’s book stands out as an excellent study for those who aspire to understand the rise and fall of Turkish–Israeli ties as well as the vicissitudes in Israeli–Azerbaijani relations. Murinson’s detailed and well-written study…stands out as the principal work on Turkish–Israeli–Azerbaijani ties. It fills a lacuna on the topic exactly when we most need to understand it." - Soner Cagaptay, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Volume 5 No. 1, 2010
1. The Entente of Turkey, Israel and Azerbaijan: The New Type of an Alliance in the Post-Cold War Era 2. State Identities as Building Blocs of the Relationship, 1992-1999 3. The Military- Security Stranglehold: State Agents as Drivers of the Triple Entente 4. Foreign Policy and its Discontents in the Age of Globalisation: Informal Networks and Transnational Levers 5. The Heart of Entente: Security Dimension of the Relationship 6. Fluctuating Zones of Influence: Involution of the Alignment, 2000-2005 7. Conclusion
Alexander Murinson is an independent researcher. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has written a number of articles on Turkish foreign policy and the entente with Israel and Azerbaijan.