Süreyya YİĞİT, PhD
Abstract. The Black Sea can be divided into two time periods after the Cold War. One, where Russia was inward-looking and passive, the other when it has chosen to be outward looking, perceived as aggressive and highly active. Turkish policy has had to manage its northern neighbour during both phases. It has opted for a regional approach trying to draw in littoral states in maintaining security and building confidence. A policy of leading by example has been chosen, trying to forge closer contacts and cooperation. This article provides a succinct insight into Turkey’s Black Sea policy, highlighting its regional initiatives whilst providing an overview of the challenges and constraints Ankara has faced and continues to face.
Chairman: Board of Directors, Regional Development Studies Institute, New York, U.S.A