Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

As the decision of the European Council in December 2004 draws nearer, Turkish Policy Quarterly is delving into the political implications of Turkey’s would-be membership, ranging from how Turkey’s culture or religion will affect the European identity to the projected nature of migration from, to, and through Turkey. We look to the future, assessing the effectiveness of  the evolving foreign policies of both the EU and Turkey and analyzing the advantages Turkey’s joining would bring to the Union. As always, the opinions included in this issue of TPQ not only vary but also at times clash.
CONTRIBUTOR
Nigâr Göksel
Nigâr Göksel

D. Nigar Goksel has been Editor-in-Chief of the Istanbul-based Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) since 2002 and Turkey and Cyprus Analyst for Crisis Group's Turkey/Cyprus Project since April 2015. She was Senior Analyst at the European Stability Initiative (ESI) between 2004-11, where she covered Turkey and the Caucasus. In Spring 2014, she joined FRIDE as associate fellow, focusing on the Black Sea region. She is a regular contributor to the German Marshall Fund’s ‘On Turkey’ series and writes frequently for Al Jazeera International. Nigar is also registered as an independent consultant for political analysis and project management. She has designed a range of reconciliation and civil society capacity-building initiatives in Turkey and the South Caucasus.

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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