Emre Kucukkaya

Emre Küçükkaya is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He holds an MA in European and Eurasian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

The Myth of Anarchy in the Age of Trumpism

Nov 18, 2016

While the age of conventional wars may be over, the real tragedy emerges in streets every day. One of the most prominent arguments in the field of international relations is that the international system is anarchic and chaotic. According to this fundamental premise, unlike domestic politics where nation-states are seen...

Turkey Coup Derails the Missed EU Train

Aug 22, 2016

The European Union’s position vis-à-vis the failed coup attempt in Turkey has put another dent in Ankara-Brussels relations. On July 15, as rebel pilots were still flying sorties over Ankara and Istanbul, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted: “Whatever our other reservations, we must stand firmly with the democratically elected government...

Erdogan’s Rising Hegemony in Turkey

Nov 05, 2015

In the Turkish elections, President Erdogan passed another critical threshold on his political journey. When the results of June’s parliamentary elections necessitated a coalition to form a government in Turkey, most analysts accurately predicted that this wouldn’t happen and that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would eventually step in and call...

Restoring Turkish Soft Power With Ahmet Davutoglu

Oct 04, 2014

As the new Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu is likely to revitalize the role of public diplomacy. During President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s tenure as prime minister, Turkish foreign policy rested upon a few discernible mechanisms. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has remained the central element to steer Ankara’s relations...

Turkey-Iran Relations: Zigzags With Petroleum and Gold

Jul 01, 2014

Unstable relations between Turkey and Iran would benefit from Tehran’s rapprochement with the West. During Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to Ankara, Iran and Turkey seemed eager to set aside their opposing regional policies in order to bolster bilateral trade and investments. Both countries signed lucrative energy and construction...

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

Feb 24, 2014

With domestic issues at play, Turkey has an eye on the EU. Germany’s new foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who replaced Guido Westerwelle following the 2013 general elections, is famous for having donated one of his kidneys to his wife in 2010. His sacrifice attests a noble devotion to his beloved...