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Middle Powers in Global Governance

The Rise of Turkey

  • Emel Parlar Dal


  • Brings Turkey to the core of the ongoing debates on interrelated issues of global governance, including contribution to international organizations and informal forums, south-south cooperation, development cooperation, peacebuilding, international migration, and security governance

  • Approaches Turkey as an emerging global governance actor actively involved in various regional and international platforms from the lenses of rising/middle power literature

  • Provides new insights to the existing Turkish foreign policy literature by going beyond the dominant and traditional actor/region based foreign policy analysis


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Making Sense of Turkey’s Middle Power at the Junction of the Global–Regional

  3. Turkey’s Middle-Power Multilateralism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Thomas G. Weiss
      Pages 99-113
    3. Emel Parlar Dal, Ali Murat Kurşun
      Pages 163-184
  4. Turkey’s Middle-Power Avenues and Means

About this book


This volume summarizes, synthesizes, updates, and contextualizes Turkey’s multiple roles in global governance. As a result of various political, economic, cultural and technological changes occurring in the international system, the need for an effective and appropriate global governance is unfolding. In such an environment, Turkey’s and other rising/middle powers’ initiatives appear to be indispensable for rendering the existing global governance mechanisms more functional and effective. The authors contribute to the assessment of changing global governance practices of secondary and/or middle power states with a special focus on Turkey’s multiple roles and issue-based global governance policies.

Emel Parlar Dal is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Marmara University, Turkey.


Global governance International order Foreign policy Activism Rising powers Global policies G20 MIKTA

Editors and affiliations

  • Emel Parlar Dal
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Political SciencesMarmara UniversityIstanbulTurkey

About the editors

Emel Parlar Dal is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Marmara University, Turkey.

Bibliographic information


“This is a timely book which adapts the middle-powers concept to a changing world by demonstrating the new opportunities opening up to emerging middle powers, along with the challenges they face. It highlights the tensions between the overlapping global and regional roles and strategies of middle powers. Within this framework the book contributes to a better understanding of the foreign policy of Turkey as an imperfect middle power.” (Detlef Nolte, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany)

“Professor Emel Parlar Dal has provided an insightful and timely contribution to the study of Turkey’s evolving role in the global system. With its innovative use of conceptual modes of analysis and rich detail on specific issue areas, this book deserves a wide readership and deep attention.” (Andrew F. Cooper, Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada, and Associate Research Fellow, UNU-CRIS (Institute on Comparative Regional Integration), Belgium)

“This is a timely and important book. The collection's various in-depth studies of Turkey's foreign relations are valuable, but of even more significance is the book's attempt to get at the broader issue of the increasingly fraught relations between emerging middle powers and the West. The book is a must for students of middle powers, global governance, and the foreign policies of developing countries.” (Eduard Jordaan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political and International Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa)