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The Social Liberal Synthesis, Summer 2002

The Social Liberal Synthesis, Summer 2002

Towards the end of the last century the ideologies and conflicts defining the 20th century came to end. As a matter of fact, the 20th century came to a premature end with the collapse of the Berlin Wall. What essentially gave direction to the history and way of life, social and economic, of the 20th century? Throughout the century, a state bureaucratic left wing model on one hand, and a totalitarian right wing one on the other, threatened the realm of freedom. However, towards the end of the...

Kemal Derviş | 05 September 2002

11 September and Human Rights, Summer 2002

11 September and Human Rights, Summer 2002

The attacks of September 11 changed many things. The fight against terrorism became a political priority both at governmental and intergovernmental levels. Many givens of the post cold war era, such as priority of human rights, were reconsidered and a new balance was sought between security and rights. A liberal democracy must face the difficult question of what rights are enjoyed by those who seek to destroy a democratic system. This article outlines how the European Court of Human Rights...

Rıza Türmen | 05 September 2002

A Regional OSC/OECD for the 'Arc of Crisis?', Summer 2002

A Regional OSC/OECD for the 'Arc of Crisis?', Summer 2002

Preventing violent conflict at an early stage has never been a priority for the international community, it is now almost a truism that to prevent a conflict is far wiser and less costly in human and material terms than to try to control it or, when that fails, to deal with the consequences.) The region that I call the "Arc of Crisis" is plagued with a score of raging and potential disputes belying a broad range of causes of conflict. At present, the Region does not have any mechanism for...

El Hassan Bin Talal | 05 September 2002

A Legal Survey of some of the Aegean Issues of Dispute and Prospects for a non-Judicial Multidisciplinary Position, Summer 2002

A Legal Survey of some of the Aegean Issues of Dispute and Prospects for a non-Judicial Multidisciplinary Position, Summer 2002

The Maritime Boundaries and the Breadth of Territorial Waters in the Aegean as well as the Aegean Continental Shelf disputes concern the Aegean Seas two coastal states: Turkey and Greece. Turkey perceives each as a genuine issue requiring examination and resolution.  Greece’s position has been that the only legitimate dispute that needs to be settled between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean is the delimitation of the Aegean continental shelf. This paper demonstrates that by virtue of...

David Saltzman | 05 September 2002

The Customs Union as the Catalyst of Globalization, Summer 2002

The Customs Union as the Catalyst of Globalization, Summer 2002

Besides the political motive, the completion of the Customs Union stems from a contractual obligation and from a number of economic expectations that can be listed in terms of ex ante order of priority as an increase in foreign direct investments, an improvement in global competitiveness, the consolidation of the European market and the modernisation of the country’s economic legislation. Six years down the road, Turkey’s most important expectations remain seemingly unfulfilled...

Sinan Ülgen | 05 September 2002

Does Poverty Cause Militant Islam?, Summer 2002

Does Poverty Cause Militant Islam?, Summer 2002

What causes Muslims to turn to militant Islam?  A survey finds that militant Islam (or Islamism) is not a response to poverty or impoverishment as widely argued. The factors that cause Islamism to decline or flourish appear to have more to do with issues of identity than with economics. On the level of individuals, conventional wisdom points to Islamism attracting the poor, the alienated, and the marginal – but research finds precisely the opposite to be true.  To the extent that economic...

Daniel Pipes | 05 September 2002

Lessons from Central Europe and a Strategy for Success in the Globalized Economy, Summer 2002

Lessons from Central Europe and a Strategy for Success in the Globalized Economy, Summer 2002

Central Europe’s success in the transition from a command to a market economy has relied on the region’s flexible economic structure and high levels of technology-intensive FDI.  South-Eastern Europe has lagged behind as a result of dragging its feet over implementing transition reforms and because –partly as a consequence of the former– few foreign investors have arrived. Political factors have been the main impediment, manifested in corruption, state capture,...

Tamas David | 05 September 2002

Globalization, European Integration, and Turkey, Summer 2002

Globalization, European Integration, and Turkey, Summer 2002

This article underlines the linkage between globalisation and economic life in Turkey based on the outcomes of the author. Turkish politics within the context of globalisation is analyzed by focusing on the effective economic actors, namely those of the “Association of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen” (TUSIAD), the “Association of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen” (MUSIAD) and the city or region-based “Associations of Industrialists and Businessmen” (SIADs).  By exploring and...

E. Fuat Keyman & Senem Aydın | 05 September 2002

The Turkish Experience with Regulatory Reform and the Role of Independent Regulatory Authorities, Summer 2002

The Turkish Experience with Regulatory Reform and the Role of Independent Regulatory Authorities, Summer 2002

In recent years, Turkey has introduced fundamental changes into the nature and scope of government intervention in several important sectors. In telecommunications, steps are being taken in electricity and gas to end state monopolies and introduce competition, to allow private enterprises entry, and vertically separate and eventually privatize some of the key public assets. Such steps are accompanied by a major redistribution of discretionary authority to design and enforce rules and...

İzak Atiyas | 05 September 2002

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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