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In our final issue of 2003, TPQ is concluding a very important year for Turkey.  From the US to Iraq to Cyprus to the EU to terrorism at home, it has been a monumental year for Turkey.  However, in this issue we are also looking forward at the major issues of 2004, which of course will include the December 2004 EU summit deciding the fate of Turkish accession negotiations.  We focus on the development of a European Union foreign policy doctrine, addressing this topic in light of Turkey’s accession process, foreign policy, and regional stability questions.  The recent Iraq war demonstrated the cost of the EU’s lack of a regional security approach, as well as the urgency in which it must develop one.  However, this reality does not just affect Europe.  Whatever security and foreign policy understanding reached among the EU member states represents a significant variable for Turkey’s foreign policy as well.  While the developing notions of a Greater Middle East and a greater EU are being formed, Turkey needs to meanwhile take a good look at its options and available resources in order to define its own vision and pursue a consistent strategy.
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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