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This issue of Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) looks at how dynamics unleashed by the Arab Spring are affecting women’s rights and liberties across the Arab world, and how Turkey relates to these complex trends. Authors seek to illuminate questions such as: Is Turkey a model when it comes to women’s rights and empowerment? Or, is Turkey increasingly importing ideas and practices vis-à-vis women from its con -servative Islamic neighbors? Does more democracy necessarily mean more freedom when it comes to lifestyle choices and gender orientation? What can governments and international actors do in order to empower women and also help protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the region? How do structural changes in the economic sphere play into women’s empowerment? Might there need to be another “Spring” – a form of revolution in gender relations?
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.

This issue was published in collaboration with AmCham Turkey.
From the Desk of the Editor TPQ’s Winter 2019/20 issue, published in collaboration with AmCham Turkey, titled A Long-Lasting Affinity: Acknowledging US-Turkey Ties, lays out how strong cultural, educational, and professional relationships across different sectors culminate in beneficial partnerships and success stories. Our dedicated readers will realize that this Winter issue is a continuation of our new brand TPQ...