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Artur Adamczyk
Goran Ilik


The main objective of this article is to analyze the impact of Ankara’s reference to the legacy of the Ottoman Empire on contemporary Turkish foreign policy and the attitude of Poland towards such a reversal in Turkish diplomacy. Turkey is now more aware that it has no chance of gaining European Union membership. In this situation, Ankara has begun to emphasize its Eurasian character and is trying to build its influence in the region, in particular among eastern and southern neighbors. To have a greater impact on its neighbors, Turkey refers to the legacy of the Ottoman Empire. The weakening of Ankara's political relations with the western world is particularly worrisome for Poland, which appreciates Turkey's geostrategic position and its role in the European security system. The greatest concern among Poles is caused by the political and economic rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow. What also disturbs Poles is the fact that Turkey, which had made pro-democratic efforts, is departing from the principles fundamental to Europeans.


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Adamczyk, A., & Ilik, G. (2020). NEO-OTTOMANISM IN TURKEY’S FOREIGN POLICY: A POLISH PERSPECTIVE. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 5(1), 108-121. Retrieved from
Thematic Section: Neo-Ottomanism
Author Biographies

Artur Adamczyk

Artur Adamczykis Associate Professor at the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw. His research interest covers: the EU in international relations (Mediterranean and Balkan policy of the EU); EU decision-making process. Author of a number of publications on these topics. Lecturer at various European universities (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Marmara Universitesi of Stambul, Istambul University, Ankara Universiti, Universidad de Granada, Universit degli Studi di Siena, University of Florence, "St. Kliment Ohridski" University - Bitola).

Goran Ilik, Law Faculty, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, Macedonia

Goran Ilikis an associate professor and Dean at the Faculty of Law at "St. Kliment Ohridski" University - Bitola (North Macedonia). The academic background includes BA in Law (International Law and International Relations), MA in Political Sciences (European Union Studies) and PhD in Political Sciences with the specific interest in the European Union foreign, security and defense policy. The publication list contains papers, chapters and three monographs emphasizing the role of the European Union in the international relations, the institutional architecture of its foreign policy, the EU axiological (value) performances and its international political power. Also, many papers treat the EU role in the new international context in relation to the contemporary challenges of the liberal world order and the EU's role and place in it.

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