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 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...
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