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Recent trends in the Black Sea region including: Ukraine’s revolution, the impending start of Turkish-EU accession talks and  changing policies among both local Caucasian governments and the major powers and security organizations, all suggest possibilities for launching a renewed, concerted,  and multilateral initiative for the resolution of long standing disputes in the area. This essay suggests conditions necessary for beginning such an initiative and proposes that there might be ways to leverage these developments to secure their acceptance by Russia. Nevertheless, even if Russia refuses to join this process, the West, should take advantage of these opportunities anyway. Such initiatives must be holistic in nature and present solutions for dealing with the established “war economy” of the region. The initiative should aim at both conflict resolution and democratization of the area which entails putting all military organizations under effective and legitimate democratic control.

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Stephen Blank
Stephen Blank
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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