Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

This article explores whether policy analysis by local think tanks can improve policymaking, strengthen democracy, and foster a wider enjoyment of the benefits of macroeconomic development in the Caucasus. As he outlines feasible roles for think tanks in these countries, the author points out challenges such as lack of incentive for change among those holding power, a deficit of democratic space, inaccurate statistics, and low appreciation for objective policy work in the societies. He suggests that think tanks carve themselves out clear agendas based on the local environment and their own strengths. Recommendations for donors, neighboring Turkey and the EU follow.

 

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Goran Buldioski
Goran Buldioski
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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