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In this issue, TPQ takes stock of Turkey’s EU accession process and addresses several key questions about Turkey’s pro-active role in neighboring regions: is the regional role Turkey aspires to complementary or contradictory to the coun -try’s EU vocation, is it motivated by vision or frustration, and how can it most ef -fectively support the long term goals articulated by Ankara? We are delighted to embark on this discussion with the two leading authorities on these issues today: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu,  who has set into motion the current foreign policy paradigms of Turkey, and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt,  who has held the EU Presidency for the past six months. The global context, nuts and bolts, and opinions –ranging from skepticism to upbeat optimism– follow from the pen of authors of various backgrounds. 

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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