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In discussing the turmoil that has recently engulfed the Middle East, the author considers a parallel with Europe in the 17th century and the beginning of the Westphalian order. The author lays out his vision for the future of the region, which is predicated upon four main parameters: mutual acceptance among all the peoples of the Middle East, embracing the spirit of moderation and modernization, the quest for political stability, and economic cooperation. According to the author, regional dialogue is the first step towards building political consensus and realizing this vision. 

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Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu
Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu is the former Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation - OIC (2004-13). He was a presidential candidate in the 2014 election and is a Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) parliamentary candidate in the upcoming 2015 general election.
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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