SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Goktug Sonmez

BA (Bilkent University), MSc (LSE)
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Overview

Goktug Sonmez
Name:
Mr Goktug Sonmez
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Thesis title:
The Interplay between International and Domestic Factors in Turkey’s Grand Strategy-Making: Interest-Driven Behaviour vs. Value-Driven Ambitions
Year of Study:
4
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PhD Research

My research would shed a unique combination of theoretical and empirical light on the question of which circumstances, changes and motives played the primary role and which ones contributed to the new grand strategy of Turkey in a secondary manner. By doing so, it will offer its audience a clear vision of factors, variables and actors within the context of popular concept of ‘new Turkey’ in the Post-Cold War era in general but during the last decade in particular. Probably, more important than this, a sauce of realism -but particularly neo-classical strand of it- makes the research theoretically unique in terms of studies on Turkey so far. Theoretical positioning of this research in the form of realism vs. constructivism would pose a great challenge for long-enjoyed dominance of constructivism over ‘new Turkey’. It’ll not only broaden the agenda of neo-classical realist research but also the literature on Turkey and on the changes it experienced in the post-Cold War era, from military-civilian power calculus to the rise of a new bourgeoisie and emergence of new political actors. Opposing a total rejection of cultural dynamics, social values and economics, but rather incorporating them into the research’s ‘tool-kit’ as intervening or secondary variables, the research would find out how ‘animus dominandi’ has an upper hand over having an impact on Turkey’s grand strategy making not only during the last decade but also since the immediate post-Cold War era.

Publications

Online Articles
  •  “Turkey’s Renewed Ambitions on the Eurasian Energy Chessboard”,  Research Turkey, 08/03/2015
  •  “Avrasya Enerji Satrancında Türkiye’nin Yeniden Gündeme Gelen Rolü” Research Turkey,   08/03/2015
  •  "Trans Anadolu Doğalgaz Boru Hattı (TANAP) ve Türkiye'nin Enerji Vizyonu", Ortadoğu Analiz 7:66 (Ocak-Şubat 2015).
  •  "Revisiting Turkey’s Potential as the “Eurasian Energy Hub” with a Holistic Energy Policy", Strategic Research Institute, 17/12/2014, <http://sde.org.tr/en/newsdetail/revisiting-turkeys-potential-as-the-eurasian-energy-hub-with-a-holistic-energy-policy/4116
  • Demokrasi: Bazen, Bazıları İçin /Democracy: Only For Some, Akademik Perspektif, 30/09/2013.  
  • Paranın Yönü: Tüccar Devlet Anlayışı ve Türkiye /The Direction of Money Flow: Trading State and Turkey, Akademik Perspektif, 09/05/2013 
  • Think Tank Kültürü /Think Tank Culture, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 14/03/2013  
  • Brüksel, Şangay ve Entegrasyon /Brussels, Shanghai, and Integration, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 21/02/2013 
  • Türkiye’nin Kültürel Vizyonu ve Yeni Aktörler /Turkey’s Cultural Vision and New Actors, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 21/01/2013 
  • Rusya Esed-sonrası Döneme Hazırlanıyor /Russia is Getting Ready for Post-Assad Era, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 28/12/2012  
  • Bulut Sütunu Operasyonu / Operation Pillar of Cloud (Pillar of Defence), Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 01/12/2012   
  • Sovyetler’in Mirası ve Türk Konseyi (The Legacy of the Soviets and Turkic Council, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 31/10/2012 
  • Caydırıcılık ve Tezkere Meselesi/ Deterrence and ‘Syria bill’, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 11/10/2012 
  • ABD’nin Seçimi /Upcoming Elections of the USA, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 29/09/2012  
  • Kalemin Sesi Kesilmeden… /Before the Voice of Intellectuals Can Still be Listened to, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 08/09/2012 
  • Terör ve Zamanlamalar /Terror and Timings, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 22/08/2012 
  • ‘AB ve Türkiye: Birlikte daha güçlü’… Neden Şimdi? / ‘The EU and Turkey: Stronger Together’: Why Now? , Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 01/08/2012  
  • Düşürülen Jet ve Hürkuş /Shot Down Turkish Jet and Hürkuş, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 06/07/2012 
  • Orta Doğu’da Aynı Film Yeniden /Same Movie in the Middle East, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 28/06/2012 
  • Yunanistan Krizi ve Osmanlı /Crisis in Greece and the Ottoman Empire, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 20/06/2012  
  • Vizyon, Kimlik ve Dış Siyaset /Vision, Identity and Foreign Policy, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 07/06/2012 
  • Avrupa’da Yeni Döneme Nasıl Bakmalı? /How to Read the New Era in Europe? , Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 29/05/2012   
  • Teorisi ve Pratiğiyle Çin’i Doğru Okumak /To Evaluate China both in Theoretical and Empirical Terms, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 04/05/2012 
  • Taklamakan Çölü’ndeki Kum Taneleri /Grains of Sands in the Taklamakan Desert, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 19/04/2012   
  • ABD Düşüyor mu? /Is the USA Falling? , Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 12/04/2012   
  • Orta Doğu ve Kuzey Afrika’da Halklar Oyuna Yeniden Dâhil Olurken /When the People Joins the Game in the MENA Region, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 28/03/2012 
  • Churchill’in Hıçkırığı/ Churchill’s Hiccup, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 23/03/2012  
  • Dezenformasyon ve Vicdan /Disinformation and Conscience, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 12/03/2012  
  • Zulm İle Âbâd Olanın… / To Rule Ruthlessly and Oppress… Until When? , Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 24/02/2012 
  • Avrupa’ya Yeniden Bakmak: Aksak Süvari, Kayıp Çivi /Revisiting Europe: ‘For Want of a Nail….’ , Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 09/02/2012   
  • Rusya’nın Avrasya Birliği Projesi ve Türkiye /Russia’s Project of an Eurasian Union and Turkey, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on Haber Kuşağı), 03/02/2012 
  • Avrupa Düşerken /When Europe is falling apart…, Akademik Perspektif (Simultaneously on

Conferences

  • “The Middle East and the Arab Spring: Change, (in)stability, and (dis)order”, University of Reading

Affiliations

  • London Middle East Institute (LMEI)
  • Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies (CMDS)
  • The Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus (CCCAC)

Research

Turkish Foreign Policy, Energy Politics, Religion in IR, IR Theory