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Turkey and Neighbors: Moving Beyond the Past, Winter 2005

Turkey and Neighbors: Moving Beyond the Past, Winter 2005

Turkey is often said to be situated in a tough neighborhood. In this issue of TPQ, we explore our neighbors' perspectives regarding Turkey's foreign policies and the effects of Turkey's bilateral relationships on the country's future.   Please click here to read the text in full.

Nigâr Göksel | 05 February 2006

The Solution of the Cyprus Problem: The Key to Turkey's Relations with the EU, Winter 2005

The Solution of the Cyprus Problem: The Key to Turkey's Relations with the EU, Winter 2005

The lack of trust of Turkey is the main obstacle to both the solution of the Cyprus Problem and Turkey’s eventual accession to the EU. The author proposes “good will” steps Turkey can take in order to diffuse the worries, which, whether justified or not, mortgage Turkey’s future...Please click here to read the text in full.  

George Vassilou | 05 February 2006

The Past as a Prison, the Past as a Different Future, Winter 2005

The Past as a Prison, the Past as a Different Future, Winter 2005

The essay explores some of the socio-political realities underlying one of the most difficult historiographic problems of the twentieth century, the opposing views on the treatment of Armenians in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. The author considers the politics of Genocide recognition and denial to entrenched social and political structures, tracing it to a battle of identities. The author argues that identities are dynamic phenomena; pointing  to recent changes in the Turkish and...

Gerard J. Libaridian | 05 February 2006

Off Autopilot: The Future of Turkey-US Relations, Winter 2005

Off Autopilot: The Future of Turkey-US Relations, Winter 2005

To the extent that the U.S. pursues a more active policy aimed at transforming societies andcompelling changes in behavior in regions adjacent to Turkey, Ankara will be presented withcontinuing and difficult choices. Changes in the foreign policy debate on both sides, against the backdrop of turmoil in Iraq, make clear that the bilateral relationship can no longer be left on autopilot. Failure to explore a new approach could spell further deterioration in the outlook for cooperation...Please...

Ian O. Lesser | 05 February 2006

The Armenian Cause in America, Today, Winter 2005

The Armenian Cause in America, Today, Winter 2005

While meager Turkish American NGO assets are dedicated to cultural events and providing education on a wide range of political issues, approximately $40 million in Armenian American NGO assets are primarily dedicated to what is referred to in Armenian as Hai Tahd, ‘The Armenian Cause’.  Hai Tahd includes three policy objectives: Recognition that the 1885-1919 Armenian tragedy constitute genocide; Reparations from Turkey; and, Restitution of the eastern provinces of Turkey to Armenia. This paper...

Günay Evinch | 05 February 2006

Breaking the Stalemate: Turkish-Armenian Relations in the 21st Century, Winter 2005

Breaking the Stalemate: Turkish-Armenian Relations in the 21st Century, Winter 2005

The relationship between Armenia and Turkey has remained stagnant since Armenia became an independent state in 1991.  Many non-governmental and supra-governmental organizations have attempted to influence this complicated relationship to no avail.  Changes in official attitudes may reflect attempts at rapprochement, but more frequent and consistent interactions between people living in Armenia and Turkey will provide the best possible means by which these two neighbors might learn to...

Rachel Goshgarian | 05 February 2006

Turkey, the World, and the Armenian Question, Winter 2005

Turkey, the World, and the Armenian Question, Winter 2005

Turkey grapples with both pressure from European actors and domestic clashes regarding the Armenian question. The author outlines the recent developments in this realm while evaluating the implications of Turkey’s reactions to these developments. Leaving the ultimate question as to whether the massacres constituted genocide to historians, the author portrays both sides of the story and advises Turkey, Armenia, and the EU to take steps which will be conducive to the normalization of...

Arend Jan Boekestijn | 05 February 2006

Turkey-Azerbaijan: The Honeymoon is Over, Winter 2005

Turkey-Azerbaijan: The Honeymoon is Over, Winter 2005

The relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan are often taken for granted, by both third parties and the two countries themselves. The author offers an account of the different phases the relationship has gone through in the last 15 years, pointing out the main themes that still define the partnership and concluding that the Turkish-Azeri solidarity needs to be worked on rather than assumed to be strong.   Please click here to read the text in full

Fariz Ismailzade | 05 February 2006

No Longer Newlyweds: The Evolution of Turkish Foreign Policy towards Israel, Winter 2005

No Longer Newlyweds: The Evolution of Turkish Foreign Policy towards Israel, Winter 2005

This article discusses the domestic and regional circumstances that influenced Turkish attitudes toward Israel, from the beginning of their relationship in the 1950s, through the present.  Acknowledging recent strains, the author illustrates that although the military strategic interests that initially motivated bilateral relations are no longer of primary concern to Turkey or to Israel, the relationship has since evolved into one that reaches beyond the bonds of its initial inception and...

Rachel Brandenburg | 05 February 2006

Does Ankara Read the Cards of the Hands of the Strange Bedfellows?, Winter 2005

Does Ankara Read the Cards of the Hands of the Strange Bedfellows?, Winter 2005

The essay focuses on the development of the enduring alliance between Syria and Iran which dates back to almost three decades ago. The author attempts to examine the Syrian-Iranian alliance within the context of regional politics and international developments. She later argues unless there is  a regime change in Tehran and/or Damascus, Syria and Iran will be dependent on their alliance to further their geopolitical interests in the future. The author believes the regimes in Damascus and...

Özgül Erdemli | 05 February 2006

An Economic Vision for Cyprus: The Greek Cypriot Experience, Winter 2005

An Economic Vision for Cyprus: The Greek Cypriot Experience, Winter 2005

In the last four years, the world’s major powers and the UN aspired to a final solution to one of the most intractable problems of our times, the Cyprus Problem. The effort culminated in disappointment as both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities went their separate ways in the referendum. Despite political talk of a solution, economics is carving a different course for the Island’s communities. Two disengaged economies have grown up separately and are getting used to it....

George Stavri | 05 February 2006

The Turkish Cypriot Business Community as a Politico-Economic Actor Searching for a Solution, Winter 2005

The Turkish Cypriot Business Community as a Politico-Economic Actor Searching for a Solution, Winter 2005

The paper will assess the changes and continuities in the perceptions and positioning of the Turkish Cypriot economic actors in search of a solution for Cyprus. In particular, it will focus on the Turkish Cypriot business community as an increasingly leading political actor striving for the solution of the conflict during the period from the European Union’s Helsinki Summit in December 1999 when Turkey was granted the candidate status for full membership until the referenda in April 2004...

Canan Balkır | 05 February 2006

Integrating North Cyprus to the EU, Winter 2005

Integrating North Cyprus to the EU, Winter 2005

In the aftermath of the referenda in Cyprus, the UN and the EU made commitments for the lifting of economic embargoes and all forms of unnecessary restrictions imposed upon the Turkish Cypriots. The Turkish Cypriots are still waiting for the obstacles which have adversely affected their life for over 40 years to be lifted. This paper explores the political, legal, social and economic aspects of life in North Cyprus, along with the potential implications of integrating North Cyprus into the EU...

Kaya Arslan | 05 February 2006

The Future of Turkish-Greek Relations, Winter 2005

The Future of Turkish-Greek Relations, Winter 2005

  This article argues that Turkey’s accession process to the European Union will offer the best incentives for Turkey and Greece to resolve their bilateral disputes in the years to come. None of the parties concerned would find it rational to halt this process. Besides, observes will also likely notice that the dynamics of Turkish-Greek bilateral disputes will increasingly be detached from the dynamics of the Cyprus dispute. Greece will probably play the role of pacifier whenever...

Tarik Oguzlu | 05 February 2006

The Effects of Instability on Bilateral Trade with Iraq, Winter 2005

The Effects of Instability on Bilateral Trade with Iraq, Winter 2005

 This article investigates the effects of instability on Turkish and Iraqi bilateral foreign trade. It focuses on Turkish exports to Iraq and their fluctuations before, during and after periods of regional and global instability. We find the effects of both global and regional instability to be positive on Turkish exports to Iraq. Based on our results, trade costs of instability in Iraq need to be evaluated carefully. Policy implications suggest that a long-term and sustained stability in Iraq...

Ayla Oğuş & Can Erbil | 05 February 2006

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