TURKISH-GREEK RELATIONS: A FRAGILE STABILITY BETWEEN NEIGHBORS ON THE TWO SHORES OF THE AEGEAN SEA

Authors

  • Aslı Ege Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Marmara University, Istanbul
  • Tülay Yıldırım Mat Department of Public Law, İzmir Katip Çelebi University, İzmir
  • Mehmet Bardakçı Independent Researcher

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32890/jis2024.20.1.2

Keywords:

Turkey-Greece, Aegean Sea, Cyprus, East Mediterranean

Abstract

This article considers the nature of Turkish-Greek relations, focusing on the question of how these should be characterized. This is an
important topic not only because there is a lack of a clear definition of the situation between the two countries in the literature, but also because providing a greater clarity of the issues about Turkish-Greek relations can assist in the long-term envisioning of a possible path that the two countries might take in the future. Employing a descriptive analysis, the article shows that a state of conflict rather than cooperation has determined the evolution of relations between Turkey and Greece. This sheds light on the intractable nature of the problems between the two countries, whether in Cyprus, the Aegean Sea, or the Eastern Mediterranean. The article concludes that Turkish-Greek relations are characterized by a historically grounded condition of fragile stability, with permanent tension and possible crisis prevailing, even if conflicts are frozen and war is not foreseen.

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Published

12-05-2024

How to Cite

Ege, A., Tülay Yıldırım Mat, & Mehmet Bardakçı. (2024). TURKISH-GREEK RELATIONS: A FRAGILE STABILITY BETWEEN NEIGHBORS ON THE TWO SHORES OF THE AEGEAN SEA. Journal of International Studies, 20(1), 27–51. https://doi.org/10.32890/jis2024.20.1.2