The geopolitical circumstances of the Turkish policy in the Balkans in the interwar period (1923–1939)

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Jędrzej Paszkiewcz

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The aim of the article is to show the role of the Balkans in the context of the tasks carried out by the diplomacy of the Turkish Republic in the interwar period. Turkish foreign policy was determined by the position of the state in the three regions - the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Balkans. The activity of the Turkish diplomacy in the Balkans should be divided into two phases covering the years 1923–1932 and 1932–1939. Many Turkish diplomatic initiatives met with a positive reaction in the Balkans. Turkey was an advocate of solutions based on negotiations, not on the arguments of force. On the other hand, the political successes in the Balkans did not substantially strengthen its position in other matters concerning Turkish security. Neither did Turkey increase the Turkish rank in the eyes of superpowers.

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Paszkiewcz, J. (2014). The geopolitical circumstances of the Turkish policy in the Balkans in the interwar period (1923–1939). Balcanica Posnaniensia. Acta Et Studia, 21, 185-198. https://doi.org/10.14746/bp.2014.21.13
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