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Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) is inviting scholars, journalists, practitioners, and civil society representatives to contribute to its Spring 2016 issue.

The contemporary landscape of the Eastern Mediterranean region – that comprises Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, State of Palestine, Syria, and Turkey – presents a complex and often fragmented picture. TPQ’s Spring 2016 issue will revolve around key flashpoints in the region including the Cyprus issue, the ongoing Syrian civil war, Israel/Palestine relations, energy geopolitics, and Turkey’s foreign policy challenges. We aim to explore internal country dynamics, while also seeking to identify common trends and paradigms that are present across the region.

While we are open to alternative suggestions, articles exploring one of the below topics would be welcome:

  • Individual state politics: From the Greek economic crisis to civil-military relations in post-coup Egypt, and from political fragmentation in Lebanon to Ankara’s renewed hostilities with the PKK in Turkey, what are the critical issues individual states in the region are contending with?  Furthermore, what are their regional implications?
  • Syrian conflict: What does the current landscape of the conflict look like? How will the UN Security Council resolution on an international roadmap for a peace process in Syria change the course of the civil war? With the international community divided over the fate of Assad, how can a meaningful solution be reached?
  • Combating ISIL: What are the main challenges that the anti-ISIL coalition currently faces? In light of more vocal requests by the international community for decisive action by Turkey against ISIL, how can Turkey’s contribution to be evaluated?
  • Cyprus issue: Since the beginning of a new round of talks in 2014, what are the major impediments to reaching a settlement? What do the Greek Cypriots want versus the Turkish Cypriots?
  • Israel/Palestine: Given the uptick of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis since October of 2015, what can be said about the level of cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority? What is the current status of the reconciliation and unification process between Fatah and Hamas? How does Israel’s continued settlement activities affect the peace process? What are the implications of a possible rapprochement between Israel and Turkey?
  • Energy geopolitics: How to best utilize the natural gas discoveries in the region? What are the potential collaboration options? How do new discoveries such as the “Zohr” natural gas field off the Egyptian coast affect the regional energy landscape? How are resources in the area susceptible to the overall security environment?
  • Refugee crisis: How is the refugee crisis impacting the states of the Eastern Mediterranean? What does the EU-Turkey refugee plan augur for the future of Turkish-European relations? How can states in the region collaborate to prevent the irregular movements of asylum-seekers and refugees?
  • External powers’ interests: What are the stakes that global players such as the EU, the US, and Russia have in the region? How does increased Russian presence in the region affect stability? What can be said about the EU employing soft power versus hard power in regional affairs? Can the EU, as a normative actor, play a more active role in the region?

Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) is an Istanbul-based foreign policy journal aiming to foster original thinking and constructive debates on Turkey and its neighborhood. The journal has been published since 2002. TPQ is independent and non-profit, with a track record of including diverse and inter-disciplinary perspectives and encouraging critical opinions on every topic it covers.

All the content, articles and information can be accessed at TPQ’s website ( TPQ is also indexed and abstracted by EBSCO and Thomson Reuters’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

All submissions are subject to TPQ’s editorial policy and should follow TPQ’s style guide which can be obtained from Papers submitted must be between 2000-3500 words and should include a 100-120 word abstract. It is highly recommended that non-native English speakers have their articles proofread before submission. Honorarium is not provided to the authors. If you are interested in contributing, please send a note to informing us of the topic you plan to cover (preferably before March 2016). Deadline for submission is early April 2016.