Greek-Turkish relations, despite some detente periods in their shared history, have been generally characterized by hostility and antagonism. But a significant breakthrough in Greek-Turkish relations was achieved in 1999, although certain signs of rapprochement were already present in the pre-1999 period. This date initiated a new era between the two countries thanks to a series of important events, such as the Helsinki summit, the earthquakes that occurred in 1999 in Turkey and in Greece, and the common initiatives of the Greek and Turkish Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Since then, bilateral relations have changed direction toward the positive.
In order to better understand contemporary Greek-Turkish relations, this book covers a number of different aspects including the current state of minorities, the development of the contemporary Turkish national discourse, the narratives of friendship between the two nations, the influence of electronic media for the reconciliation process, and the role of civil actors for changing the perception of the "other."
In a period where Greece is struggling to overcome its chronic financial problems and Turkey is being shaped by major political events, the relations between the two countries become highly important, especially in addition to their geographical position near a destabilized geopolitical region. This book is addressed to anyone who is interested in understanding the relations between Greece and Turkey today and in forecasting their future relations-and, by consequence, the future of the eastern Mediterranean area.
Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 240 x 158 x 17 mm
This overview of civil society and grassroots exchanges and initiatives is a major contribution in overcoming the dominant stereotypes about two identities perceived as separate and inherently antagonistic. Essential reading for all interested in penetrating behind the surface of the Greek-Turkish relationship during a period of geopolitical recompositions in the former 'Eastern Question' region. -- Georges Prevelakis, Sorbonne University
From Neo-Ottomanism, minorities, and the Patriarchate to cyberspace, civic dialogue, and civil initiative, this book approaches recent Turkish-Greek relations with a multidisciplinary perspective and shifts the helm to nongovernmental parts of the relations. -- Elcin Macar, Yildiz Technical University