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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 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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