“Turkish Geopolitics: the Playground of Turkish Diplomacy in Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean on the Threshold of the 2020s”, Nikolaos Stelgias (CEIA, Cyprus)

The term ‘Mavi Vatan (Blue Homeland)’ has been in the limelight of Turkish and global news lately. The term was invented by nationalist and militaristic circles who returned at the ‘spotlight’ of current Turkish affairs during the past decade. Through the term ‘Blue Homeland’, these Turkish officials from the diplomatic corps and the Armed Forces are attempting to highlight their country’s claims off the coasts of Turkey and Cyprus. Turkey’s claim of sizable areas of the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean as the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone places Ankara and many neighbouring capitals on opposing and antagonistic sides.

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