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Since our fall issue of TPQ, a chain reaction of events in the Arab world has domi-nated debate in Turkey’s neighborhood. The toppling of the Tunisian and Egyptian leaders and waves of protest spreading to countries such as Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Bahrain, Algeria, and Iran have incited questions on whether Turkey might be a “model” for the Muslim Middle East and discussions about Turkey’s ap-proach to democratization in its neighborhood. While many predict Turkey’s role in the region will increase, others speculate whether Turkey is prepared for this responsibility. Dissecting the long and short term implications of Turkey’s concrete policies towards different countries and geographies, authors of this issue provide a “balance sheet” of Turkey’s recent foreign policy initiatives ranging from the Bal-kans to the Caucasus and Africa. 

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.

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