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Egemen Bezci

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My research aims to reveal the roots and consequences of Western-Turkish Intelligence Cooperation years following the World War II. The main question is directed to answer that whether the… read more

Recent Publications

  • EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2015. Turkey's Kurdish Peace Process and the Third Eye Turkish Policy Quarterly. 13(4), 117-125
  • GÜVEN GÜRKAN ÖZTAN and EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2015. Türkiye’de Olağanüstü Hal: Devlet Aklı, Askerler ve Siviller Mülkiye Dergisi. 39(1), 159-186
  • EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2014. Reform and Threat Perception in the Turkish Intelligence Community Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence (JMBI). 3(1), 25-42
  • JAMES W. WARHOLA and EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2013. The Return of President Putin and Russian–Turkish Relations Sage Open. 3(3),

Current Research

My research aims to reveal the roots and consequences of Western-Turkish Intelligence Cooperation years following the World War II. The main question is directed to answer that whether the Western-Turkish Intelligence Cooperation years following the World War II shaped Turkey's threat perception, diplomatic campaigns and the course of the Cold-War in the Near East or not? This research argues that, the Western-Turkish intelligence cooperation during the post-war years in both bilateral and multilateral level both enabled the prevent the spread of the Soviet expansion into the Near East, as well as enabled Turkey to exploit the rivalry between the Soviets and the West for her own political and strategic maneuvers in the region. Moreover, such relationship also shaped the Turkish intelligence community in the post-war years so it would act in coordination with the West, and comply with the country's own strategic imperatives.

This research on the Cold-War intelligence cooperation between the major powers, UK and US, and a minor country, Turkey, will link the missing elaboration in the Cold War by revealing that a simplistic understanding of the Cold-War as a political, military, economic and diplomatic rivalry between the two blocks, is not sufficient to draw a complete picture of the early Cold War era. The examination of the intelligence cooperation within the Western bloc among these major and minor powers will reveal that, while the secret intelligence cooperation was crucial during the Cold War, it was not furnished by complete sincerity and trust due to struggling against the same enemy. Therefore, this thesis also investigates how the alignment and differences were shaped among major and minor powers in terms of intelligence cooperation in the early Cold War. However, it was rather distrust, pragmatism and opportunity where even the minor powers would seek channels, even in crucial topics such as the nuclear weapons, to exploit the cooperation for their own strategic imperatives, which was not necessarily embedded in the Western Alliance.

  • EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2015. Turkey's Kurdish Peace Process and the Third Eye Turkish Policy Quarterly. 13(4), 117-125
  • GÜVEN GÜRKAN ÖZTAN and EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2015. Türkiye’de Olağanüstü Hal: Devlet Aklı, Askerler ve Siviller Mülkiye Dergisi. 39(1), 159-186
  • EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2014. Reform and Threat Perception in the Turkish Intelligence Community Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence (JMBI). 3(1), 25-42
  • JAMES W. WARHOLA and EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2013. The Return of President Putin and Russian–Turkish Relations Sage Open. 3(3),
  • JAMES W. WARHOLA and EGEMEN B. BEZCI, 2013. War and Peace: Russia, Turkey, and the Domestic Dimension of Conflict Perpetuation, Cessation, and Resolution in the Caucasus Avrasya İncelemeleri Dergisi. 2(1), 1-37
  • WARHOLA, JAMES W. and BEZCI, EGEMEN B., 2010. Religion and State in Contemporary Turkey: Recent Developments in Laiklik JOURNAL OF CHURCH AND STATE. 52(3), 427-453

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