Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

The tremendous political changes that have been taking place in the Middle East and North Africa have stressed the importance for the materialization 
of the EU-Turkey Strategic dialogue. Turkey needs the EU for its economic modernization. On the other hand, Turkey’s political system seems attractive to many political forces in the Arab Spring countries and can be used as inspiration for their democratization process. The Strategic Dialogue, however, needs to become separated from Turkey’s EU accession negotiations. This article puts forward several concrete suggestions to increase the cooperation between the two sides. 
 
 
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Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
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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