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Middle Eastern Studies publishes special issue for ‘From Enemies to Allies’ project

Middle Eastern Studies publishes special issue for ‘From Enemies to Allies’ project

The ‘Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: from Enemies to Allies’ project began in 2015 and is focused on the relationship between Turkey and Britain from the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War to Turkey’s entry into NATO in 1952 in the midst of the Cold War. The BIAA hosted two conferences, in Ankara in April 2016, and in Cambridge in Spring of 2017, to bring together journalists, diplomats, and academics to spark multidisciplinary debate and promote new research on this historical relationship. A third conference is planned for September 2018 and a fourth in 2019.

Middle Eastern Studies have published a special issue based on the two conferences so far, with an introduction from former BIAA Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr Daniel-Joseph Macarthur-Seal, and papers from participants at the events. Topics covered include perceptions of Anatolian resistance movements and the ‘Young Turks’, British economic interests in Ottoman Iraq, the post-war Allied occupation of Istanbul, the Turkish–Iraqi Frontier dispute of the early 1920s, and the establishment of a Britain-Turkey partnership in the 1930s.

With thanks to contributors Camille Cole (Yale University), Alp Yenen (Leiden University), Jordi Tejel Gorgas (IHEID, Geneva), and Dilek Barlas (Koç University) & Seçkin Barış Gülmez (İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University).

From Enemies to Allies is an active network of scholars from Turkey, the UK and other nationalities, bringing diverse approaches to the study of the early Turkish republic, especially its foreign policy, its relationship with Britain, and its place in the world order. The project is managed by Sir David Logan (Vice-President, BIAA), Prof. Stephen Mitchell FBA (Chair, BIAA), William Park (King’s College London), and Dr Warren Dockter (Aberystwyth University), and co-ordinated by Dr Daniel-Joseph Macarthur-Seal (Hong Kong Baptist University).

Middle Eastern Studies is one of the foremost journals in the field, having been in publication since 1964. It is co-edited by Dr Saul Kelly and Helen Kedourie.

The issue can be accessed through Taylor & Francis Online here.

More information on the From Enemies to Allies project can be found here.

Information on the third conference in the series, in Oxford on 24th September 2018, can be found here.

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