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Climate Change and Security: The Case for Turkey

Author(s): Esra Pakin Albayrako─člu

Journal: Journal of Gazi Academic View
ISSN 1307-9778

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Climate Change | Security | Turkey | Transboundary Waters | Migration

The nexus between climate change and security has achieved prominence in contemporary international relations literature. Natural and anthropogenic environmental degradation such as global warming or sea level rise, as well as its repercussions at political, social and economic levels constitute great sources for debate within a broader and deeper understanding of security studies. This study begins with a review of theoretical approaches on climate change and security, and proceeds on the climatic state of affairs in and around Turkey. It is contended that Turkey, although vulnerable to a number of climate induced risks and threats, is in a relatively advantageous position as compared to many of its neighbors. However, despite random cases of dialogue on climate induced security matters, longstanding issues of trust as well as political and ideological divergences between Turkey and the neighboring states render any comprehensive and sustainable collaboration against climate change difficult.
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