Turkey continues to be a critically important country for the European Union. The relationship has consequences that are both ideational, embedded in history, politics, identity and culture, and material, relating to economics, energy and security. For Turkey too, the European integration project has been a lynchpin of its foreign policy but also, and perhaps more significantly, of its domestic economic, societal, cultural and political evolution. Yet this mutual commitment to and intensity of relations with one another has not entailed a smooth relationship between Turkey and the EU. Over the years EU-Turkey relations have been periodically marked by profound fluctuations. There are three analytical lenses through which the relationship might be understood - Turkey as an enlargement country, as an EU neighbour and as a global partner.
Senem AYDIN-DÜZGİT is an Associate Professor and a Jean Monnet Chair in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. She is the author of Constructions of European Identity (Palgrave, 2012) and (with Nathalie Tocci) Turkey and the European Union (Palgrave, 2015). Her articles have been published in various journals including West European Politics, Cooperation and Conflict, Journal of Language and Politics, South European Society and Politics, Politique Européenne and Alternatives. She is also the Associate Editor of South European Society and Politics, a Senior Scholar at the Istanbul Policy Centre of Sabanci University and a member of the Carnegie Rising Democracies Network. She is the recipient of the 2014 Young Scholar Award of the Turkish Science Academy. Aydın-Düzgit received her PhD in Political Science at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), obtained an MSc in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University. Her principal research interests include EU enlargement, EU-Turkey relations, discourse studies, politics of identity and democratization.