Turkey has maintained its strategic relations with Africa at the highest level under recent AK Party governments in the field not only of low politics but also of high politics. For example, it opened its largest overseas military base in Somalia in 2017 and signed military, defense and security pacts with more than 25 African countries. This article traces the deep historical and cultural relations with Africa behind its newly evolving foreign policy identity, arguing that its booming economic power has been a significant driving force in shaping a new security strategy. It examines what the growing security involvement means for both Turkey and Africa in order to contribute to the relevant literature through a holistic approach from both theoretical and conceptual perspectives.
KEYWORDS: Turkey, Africa, security, Turkish foreign policy, Turkey-Africa security relations, international relations theory
To cite this article: Abdurrahim Sıradağ (2018): Turkey-Africa alliance: Evolving patterns in security relations, African Security Review, DOI: 10.1080/10246029.2018.1550429