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Turkey in Flux: Wrestling With Emotions, Identity and Values, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
Turkey seemed to find direction at the turn of the century with the rejuvenated enthusiasm to "be European". Being European meant empowerment to those who felt excluded, meritrocity instead of cronyism, compromise rather than...
The German Conference on Islam, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
Islam is part of Germany and part of Europe, part of our present and part of our future. We wish to encourage the Muslims in Germany to develop their talents and to help us take our country forward. The time has come for the German Conference on...
Time for Independence, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
Kosovo is a unique case in international law, which steams from the circumstances created in 1999 by Milosevic’s political war-mongering and from the status which Kosovo held in Yugoslavia before the Constitution was illegally changed in 1988....
The Importance of Emotions in Turkish-American Relations, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
Practically all of the conflicts between the United States and Turkey, both past and present, can be explained by American lack of sensitivity to Turkish emotional responses and Turkish overreaction to perceived American arrogance. There is a...
Flags Against Fears and Uncertainties, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
Turkish nationalism is an enduring theme in Turkish public and political life and it is the common denominator in the political spectrum. Many Turks feel insecure, due to American policies on the Middle East, Kurdish separatism, the clash among its...
State-Dialogue in Italy and Germany for Promoting Integration of Muslims, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
  Italy and Germany are following the example of other EU-countries and have started to establish a dialogue between the state and Muslim communities in order to promote integration. The objective of these initiatives is to develop joint and...
Rising Political Islam: Is it a Matter of Ideology or Pragmatism?, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
  This essay focuses on the underlying reasons for Islamist groups becoming politi-cally popular in the Middle East. The main objective is to explore whether Islamist movements in the Middle East, in general, have arisen due to common demand for a...
Conflicting Voices: A Study of Youth Perspectives on Contemporary Turkish Politics, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
Turkey is an important country in a state of political and social transition, with a very young population. The direction Turkey will take will be determined by Turkish youth. The following is an analysis of the political issues valued most by...
The Diversity of Turkish Human Rights NGOs and the Influence of the Process, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
During the past two decades a diverse landscape of Turkish human rights NGOs as developed, representing all sorts of political and religious orientations. The comparison of Kemalist and Islamic NGOs in regard to freedom of religion and...
Turkey's Accession to the EU: A Test Case for the Relevance of Identity, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
This article comments on the European integration process with a specific focus on the concept of identity. The processes of integration and enlargement are increasingly being shaped along the lines of culture and identity, and the...
In Search of Turkic Identity, Winter 2006Monday, February 5, 2007
Today the Turkic world lacks an ideology and identity that could serve as a strong foundation if the political will to establish a unifi ed entity were to come about. Turkic leaders should give serious thought to the development of such an ideology...