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Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) is inviting scholars, journalists, practitioners, and civil society representatives to contribute to its Fall 2015 issue.

TPQ’s Fall 2015 issue will focus on the evolving security landscape of Turkey and its neighborhood, particularly taking into account new challenges that have arisen due to the prevalence of hybrid warfare. While hybrid warfare is not a new phenomenon in theory, its application by Russia against Ukraine was a wake-up call for NATO and its allies. We aim to explore and decode the hybrid “tool kit,” assess how it is being played out in the wider Black Sea and MENA regions, and determine what steps Euro-Atlantic capitals could take to effectively counter it.

While we are open to alternative suggestions, articles related to the below topics are welcome:

  • NATO’s readiness to counter hybrid warfare: Can NATO’s Readiness Action Program counter the new forms of warfare? In what other ways is NATO adapting to a more opaque security landscape? How can EU-NATO cooperation be strengthened to ensure the Alliance has the political and military tools that it requires? What role can Turkey play in this regard?
  • The escalation of tensions between Russia and the West: How can NATO make Russia’s neighbors more secure? How can de-escalation be achieved? How can disinformation, a main pillar of hybrid warfare, be deterred?
  • Combating ISIL: How should the international coalition adapt its strategy to counter ISIL’s hybrid warfare? What threats do returning ISIL militants pose to their respective Western governments and how can countries like Turkey mitigate this threat? There is currently a debate as to whether Turkey is turning a blind eye to ISIL border crossings. What is the reasoning on both sides?
  • Competing narratives and propaganda war: ISIL has demonstrated the persuasiveness of its narrative by recruiting fighters from across the world, while Russia’s anti-Western rhetoric appeals to swathes in the eastern neighborhood. Why are these narratives so effective? How can the Euro-Atlantic community win hearts and minds? What is Turkey’s role in propagating divisive narratives and to what strategic end?
  • Cyberspace as the new domain of conflict: What are the vulnerabilities of the Allies’ key infrastructures? Do NATO member states invest adequately in its cyber defense? Is a collective Euro-Atlantic cyber defense possible or should cyber defense remain as individual members’ responsibility? How can proportional responses to cyber attacks be formulated by NATO allies; is article 5 applicable to this type of threat?
  • Energy supply and infrastructure security: What are the prospects of European energy diversification? What are the implications of increased Russia-Turkey energy cooperation for Azerbaijan and the prospects of TANAP’s expansion? How does economic warfare between the EU and Russia affect Eastern European members of the EU particularly on energy matters?
  • Digital Diplomacy: How does the digital revolution affect repressive governments? What impact does stifling expression in that arena have on modernization and development?
  • Ankara’s discourse: What are the trends in Turkish public opinion towards NATO? Is there credence to Ankara’s concern that Turkey’s interests are not taken into consideration sufficiently by Allies?

Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) is an Istanbul-based journal aiming to foster original thinking and constructive policy debates on Turkey and its neighborhood. The journal has been published on a quarterly basis 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.

All submissions are subject to TPQ’s editorial policy and should follow TPQ’s style guide. Papers submitted must be between 2000-3500 words and should include a 100-150 word abstract. It is highly recommended that non-native English speakers have their articles proofread before submission. If you are interested in contributing, please send a note to informing us of the topic you plan to cover (preferably before July 2015). Deadline for submission is early October 2015.