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  • Series: Pivotal State Series
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace (December 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601270194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601270191
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Timely and lively, Graham Fuller’s latest book makes a valuable contribution to the debate about Turkey and its role in the world. Drawing on a range of interviews in Turkey and the region, it reflects on recent events and trends in a way that is not found in other works on Turkish foreign policy. It is an essential read for those looking to understand the new Turkey—and its meaning for others.”

About the Author

Graham E. Fuller is currently an independent writer, analyst, lecturer, and consultant on Middle Eastern affairs and an adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He served for fifteen years as an intelligence officer in various countries in the Middle East and Asia, is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, and later a political scientist at RAND. He is the author of numerous books on the Muslim world and Islam—including two on Turkey—and articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, Orbis, and Harvard International Affairs on line.

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I first became smitten with the Middle East at age 16 while reading National Geographic magazines and being enticed by the exotic landscapes, the culture, and the crazy shapes of the Arabic language that I decided I had to learn. I studied a lot about the Middle East, and Russia, when I was in university. I always expected to become an academic, but my draft board deemed otherwise; I was drafted and sent into intelligence work. I had an extraordinary chance to learn about the Middle East first hand while serving as a CIA operations officer all over--Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Hong Kong for two decades. It was an education in itself, and a chance to travel and learn a lot of languages, which I loved.

I then "came in from the cold" and was appointed a top analyst at CIA for global forecasting. After 25 years with the US government I felt it was time to leave; I joined a major West Coast think tank (RAND)in California (no, nothing to do with Ayn Rand) where I was a senior political scientist. In 2004 I moved to Canada and, among other things, am now an adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. I never lost my interest in Islam, the Middle East and Asia and ended up writing many books on the subject --on Islamic fundamentalism, Shi'ite Islam, and Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Persian politics. By now they amount to nearly a dozen books; my more recent ones include the well-received "The Future of Political Islam," and later the provocative "A World Without Islam."

My last book was a personal memoir, "Three Truths and a Lie." It's a painfully personal book about our Korean son, adopted at age one who sadly died of crack cocaine at age 21. Although it's a sad tale, many people have commented that they find it uplifting as well, which is personally very gratifying. I'm about to publish a new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring" in April 2014 And I'm at work on a novel--yes, you guessed it-- about the Middle East.

I currently live in a small town in the Vancouver BC area; when I can break away from my desk I like to spend time on community issues dealing with with bears, eagles, and salmon. And mountain biking is good for the soul.

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Also, Fuller draw an accurate picture of Gulen Movement as well.
Turkoman
The similarities and crucial political differences between the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic are addressed very successfully.
Vahit Sametoglu
I recommend this book to everyone who would like to learn about Turkey quickly.
U. Sakoglu

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Vahit Sametoglu on May 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
According to my grading scheme this book deserves 5 stars, no less. It is written in simple language and a level most people would comprehend. History, current events, regions, diplomatic tactics, economic actions, political figures, and the general chronological order have been laid out very clearly and unambiguously.

The book starts with history of Turkey dating back to late Ottoman era. The cause and effect relationships for the decline and eventual dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of the new Turkish state are presented very well. The similarities and crucial political differences between the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic are addressed very successfully. The initial chapters build a solid foundation for those who are not familiar with the Turkish history and the evolution of the Turkish Republic.

The main focus of the book is on last two decades of Turkey, its internal and external problems, relations with neighbors, economic transition, democratization and accession to becoming a member of the EU. Among these issues are military coup d'etats and their social, economic and political consequences and repercussions; political parties and major figures behind and in charge of these movements, the rigid and stern structure of Turkish government and its political ideals stemming from 1930's and attempts to modify and modernize these principles addressing the needs of today's society etc. To be more explicit, the inflexible and irreconcilable principles of Today's CHP and its more popular rival AKP (JDP), neo-Islamic movements based on interfaith dialog and education, the evolution of the Kurdish problem, and the demands and expectations of the vast majority of the population.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Books To Be Read on May 24, 2008
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This is a great book about the recent political changes in modern Turkey. In the last 5 years, Turkey underwent crucial events including the emergence of a new modern-islamic party and disapperance of so-called the owners of Turkey. Military and other powerful elites of Turkey were not happy for these changes. Mr. Fuller nicely explains the old and new Turkey in the light of these new political changes. He gives emphasis on the new leader of Turkey, and his party, AKP. It is a wonderful book for those who are curious of these important historical changes in Turkey. I highly recommend it without reservation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hayirhah on September 17, 2010
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Comprehensive, yet concise. Away from political bias that exists in various forms in other similar works on the topic.
A successful and impartial piece to grasp the dynamics and gradual transformation process of contemporary Turkey.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Ciray on September 16, 2008
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It seems Mr. Fuller's recommendations to the US government with regard to its Turkish policy have already been taken into serious consideration at Washington. In fact, his first and foremost action item (of supporting Turkish government and military in their fight with PKK) had already been adopted. U.S officials do seem to not only recognize, but at times, encourage independent Turkish foreign policies, and it will not be long before both parties, and the notoriously active Middle East region in general, will benefit from it. As Mr. Fuller intentionally overstates in his book by connecting solid fundamentals and indisputable logic, the current Turkish experiment, if successful as defined in the book, will result in prospering communications across all major religious and political ideologies for the first time in the last 20 centuries. Why would not any government listen with such stakes in place?

I would highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Turkoman on August 22, 2011
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If anyone is interested to understand Modern Turkey, then should definitely read the book. You can understand what is Kemalism as well as how AK Parti government came to power in Turkey. Also, Fuller draw an accurate picture of Gulen Movement as well. Great book by Fuller.
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