TURKISH STRATEGIC INTEREST IN THE BALKANS: THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – A CASE STUDY

Ristov, Ivan and Kleckaroska, Kostadina and Susak, Ivona (2014) TURKISH STRATEGIC INTEREST IN THE BALKANS: THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA – A CASE STUDY. Faculty of Security - Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia. ISBN 978-608-4532-51-4

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Abstract

The Balkans, especially the Republic of Macedonia, as form historical perspective and contemporary geopolitical conditions, is one of the zones for which the Republic of Turkey shows particular interest in. Turkey is leading a policy of "regaining" the territories that were under the occupation of the former Ottoman Empire. The aim of the paper is to identify the interest of the Republic Turkey to Macedonia through analysis of the five main entry points: economy, religion, culture, education and politics. On the economic plan, stand out more capital investments of Turkey in Macedonia, including the construction of Alexander the Great Airport - Skopje, the skyscrapers "Dzhevahir Holding" in Skopje, until construction of the ordinary student boarding in Shtip, for accommodation of Turkish students. In religion, IRC is influenced by the Turkish way of practicing Islam, which is basically good. This is clearly seen in the celebration of Kurban Bayram in 2012, when some of the countries that are unaffected of Turkey celebrated the holiday on Thursday, and those under the influence of Saudi Arabia celebrated on Friday. On cultural level, full coverage of the Turkish movie series, the presence of the "Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency" (TIKA) are operating in more than 100 countries on 3 continents, organized activities of more than 30 (about 33) Turkish NGOs in the Republic Macedonia jointly organized under the umbrella of the "Union of Turkish NGOs in Macedonia (MATÜSİTEB)", and act in many spheres of social life: through education and sports to religion, achieving various goals 279 that are of interest to the Turkish state and nation1 etc.. On political plan, through Turkish parties in the Republic of Macedonia, the target group is Turkey's population which numbers about 3.9% of the total population. Keywords: Turkey, Geopolitics, Interest, Sphere of influence, Macedonia

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Mr Mladen Kradzoski
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 10:08
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 10:08
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/1984

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