Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

The tragic events of September 11th may have added a new dimension to Turkey’s global significance which had decreased with the ending of the Cold War. This article discusses whether Turkey can be defined as a benign regional power and how the course of events starting from 1999, such as the capture of the terrorist leader Abdullah Ocalan and the declaration of Turkey as a candidate for EU membership have contributed to Turkey’s constructive role in the region. The changing nature of US-Turkish relations and Turkey’s domestic transformations are viewed in light of Turkey’s bid for EU full membership.

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Ziya Onis
Ziya Onis
From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when relations between Turkey and the EU are at a historical low point. The sources of tension are manifold, and have been compounded by a constellation of transformations in Turkey, Europe, and the international system. The global upswing in far-right populist movements, isolationism, the conflict in Syria and its humanitarian crisis, and the threat of ISIS have...
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