Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

The supporters of the EU membership of Turkey argue that this state can help the Union become a global player, among other reasons thanks to its capacity as “facilitator” in the resolution of regional conflicts, especially in the Middle East and South Caucasus. This article is a critical analysis of this argument. The author agrees that Turkey after the accession would help the EU in conflict resolution, however only to a certain extent. Turkey would have to counteract long and short term domestic and regional problems as well as the EU’s weaknesses as an international actor.

 

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Adam Szymanski
Adam Szymanski
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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