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As this issue of TPQ went to press, Turkey was going through a period of acute strain. Terrorist shootings at the gate of the United States Consulate in Isatnbul which ended in six fatalaties, the arrests of retired military personel on suspicion of affiliation with the ultra-right wing group "Ergenekon" and most importantly , the case before Turkey's Supreme Court on the  closure of the Justice and Development Part (AKP) and banning of 71 of its high ranking politicians made up a torrent of international news headlines.

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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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