Turkey at the United Nations Security Council: 'Rhythmic Diplomacy' and a Quest for Global Influence

Ilgit A. , Özkeçeci-Taner B.

MEDITERRANEAN POLITICS, cilt.19, ss.183-202, 2014 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 19 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/13629395.2013.829329
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.183-202


An important component of Turkey's pivotal regional power' status was its non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in 2009-11. By focusing on two cases - the 2010 flotilla incident and the Iranian nuclearization - this study examines (1) Turkey's regional and global leadership role at the UN Security Council and (2) how the rhythmic diplomacy' principle of Turkey's foreign policy is exercised internationally. This paper also demonstrates that Turkey's policy of cooperation with other pivotal states signals possible future alliances among rising middle powers that might challenge western preferences on important issues. This study is timely as Turkey is seeking, again, non-permanent membership in the Security Council for the 2015-16 term.