Ahmet Davutoğlu’s book “Strategic Depth” is a comprehensive and influential work on foreign policy and geopolitics, which applies an entirely new perspective on international relations. First published in 2001, the book outlines Davutoğlu’s vision of Türkiye’s role in the world and provides a framework for understanding his approach to foreign policy. The book’s central thesis is that Turkey occupies a unique strategic position in the world because of its geographic location, historical heritage, and cultural identity. According to Davutoğlu, Türkiye’s advantage lies in its ability to influence multiple regions and civilizations, including Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
One of the key concepts presented in the book, which forms the basis of Davutoğlu’s doctrine, is the so-called “zero problems with neighbours” principle. This concept reflects the author’s belief that Türkiye should pursue a policy of engagement and cooperation with its neighbours to promote stability and economic growth in the region. By building trusting and reciprocal relations with its neighbours, Türkiye can create a zone of peace and prosperity that benefits all parties. In his book, Davutoğlu draws on the rich historical and cultural heritage to support his arguments. He cites examples from Ottoman history, Turkish literature, and Islamic philosophy to illustrate the continuing importance of Türkiye’s strategic depth.
Meszár Tárik is a researcher at the Eurasia Center
Publisher: Küre Yayınları
ISBN: 975-6614-00-5Pages: 584