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This issue of TPQ comes at a time when the relationship of the West with Russia is at its most difficult since the Cold War, and a new cold war is said to be in the making in the Middle East. Turkey is between the two hotspots where this geopolitical upheaval is playing out most dramatically: Crimea and Syria. 
Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the optimism it engendered, Euro-Atlantic resolve is being severely tested in the East. In the Levant, four years after the so-called Arab Spring began (creating its own share of optimism), ethnic, sectarian, and tribal divisions are challenging the Sykes-Picot borders and the regional order. The points of contention are not only geostrategic but also normative – contestation between democracy and tyranny, between liberal democracy and managed democracy, between secularism and sectarianism. Specifically for Turkey, the upheaval comes in the wake of a decade of unfortunate wavering on the part of both Ankara’s leadership and leaders in the EU about Turkey’s civilizational belonging. At a time when trust between Turkey and its allies is most important, it is regrettably at its lowest point. 


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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