Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) is an Istanbul-based journal aiming to foster original thinking and constructive policy debates on Turkey and its neighborhood. The journal has been published on a quarterly basis since 2002. TPQ focuses on Turkey's broader neighborhood with a global outlook and bridges research with policy-making.

TPQ has a 13-year track record of providing its global audience with balanced, inter-disciplinary, and independent coverage. TPQ engages decision makers, opinion leaders, practitioners, the business community and international investors, members of the media and academia. A list of some of the well-known individuals who have contributed articles or interviews to TPQ can be seen on this page:

Articles range from 1500 to 3500 words, analytical in style and ideally geared at constructive policy recommendations. All the content, articles and information can be accessed at TPQ's website.

TPQ's hardcopy circulation per issue is 3000 copies. Besides subscribers, hardcopy distribution includes university libraries, international think tanks, decision makers and political players, practitioners, and journalists in Europe, the US, Turkey, and neighboring regions.

TPQ has been included in the official packages of participants of NATO, OIC, and IMF summits in Istanbul, and is present with stands at most relevant conferences taking place in Istanbul, including the annual Energy and Economic Forum of the Atlantic Council. In addition to publishing the hardcopy of the journal and providing the content online free of charge, TPQ is included in EBSCO's online research databases, used by millions of subscribers every day. Abbreviated versions of leading TPQ articles are published either in Hürriyet Daily News (HDN) –a daily journal with a million website hits a month– or in the Globalist, a daily online magazine, both of which are TPQ's media partners. The TPQ team translates (into Turkish) abbreviated versions of selected TPQ articles for reprint in various Turkish daily newspapers,as well as online news portals, such as TPQ's other media partners, ABHaber and EurActiv. These portals receive 150,000 and 62,000 hits per month, respectively. TPQ also regularly holds roundtables to further foster discussions – more information about TPQ Roundtables can be seen in this page:

TPQ sustains itself financially through advertisements by corporate sponsors (among which are the leading banks and companies of Turkey), subscriptions, and sales in bookstores in Turkey. The journal also relies on in-kind support and volunteers. In addition, issue-based partnership has been pursued with various organizations such as NATO's Public Diplomacy Division (Summer 2004, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013), the EU Commission (Spring 2006), and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Winter 2013).

Honorarium is not provided to authors.The journal aspires to trigger policy debate and therefore is not peer reviewed for academic qualifications.

From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when relations between Turkey and the EU are at a historical low point. The sources of tension are manifold, and have been compounded by a constellation of transformations in Turkey, Europe, and the international system. The global upswing in far-right populist movements, isolationism, the conflict in Syria and its humanitarian crisis, and the threat of ISIS have...