Israeli-Turkish Relationship

A Special Session on “Israeli-Turkish Relationship: The Regional Dimension”
as part of the
21st Annual International Conference on Politics & International Studies
12-15 June 2023, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies

The Politics & International Affairs Unit of ATINER is organizing a Special Session on “Israeli-Turkish Relationship: The Regional Dimension” as part of the 21st Annual International Conference on Politics & International Studies, 12-15 June 2023, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies.

The aim of this session is to analyse and discuss the nature of Turkish-Israeli relations since 2019 against the wider background of regional and national developments.

Ever since the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, the relations between the two parties were identified by suspicion, mistrust and ‘bad blood’.  While Turkey’s quest for growing leadership role in the region failed, Israel’s regional position has improved dramatically. It further solidified relations with Greece and Cyprus and increased cooperation with Egypt and Jordan.  Furthermore, thanks to US’s initiative, Israel signed the ‘Abrahams accords ‘; the peace agreements with the UAR and Bahrain in the summer of 2020 followed by the peace treaties with Sudan and Morocco in autumn- winter 2020.  

Some of the maim questions to be addressed are – what the main reasons behind Erdogan’s policy change towards Israel and neighbouring countries?  How central is the Iranian question to the improvement of the relations? What are the main obstacles to rebuilding an open trustworthy relation between Israel and Turkey? What, if at all, are the implications of closer relations with Ankara on Israel’s relations with Cyprus and Greece? Do we witness a new dawn in Turkish-Israeli relations? And could the war in Ukraine and the countries’ similar dilemmas vis- a-vis Russia contribute to a better future understanding.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form  by 2 May 2023 to: Dr. Orna Almog, Deputy Head, Politics & International Affairs Unit, ATINER & Senior Lecturer (Retired), Kingston University, UK

Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

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