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Turkey in Flux: Wrestling With Emotions, Identity and Values, Winter 2006

Turkey in Flux: Wrestling With Emotions, Identity and Values, Winter 2006

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 patronization, planned mobilization of potential rather than inefficiency caused by disjointed institutions and ideological divisions.   Please click here to read the text in full.

Nigâr Göksel | 05 February 2007

The German Conference on Islam, Winter 2006

The German Conference on Islam, Winter 2006

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 Islam to mark the beginning of a new way of living together.   Please click here to read the text in full 

Wolfgang Schauble | 05 February 2007

Time for Independence, Winter 2006

Time for Independence, Winter 2006

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 process is internationally sponsored and administered by the UN. There is nothing radical in an independent Kosovo. At this point it is impossible for Belgrade to achieve sovereignty over Kosovo, and for this reason wasting political energy on...

Agim Çeku | 05 February 2007

The Importance of Emotions in Turkish-American Relations, Winter 2006

The Importance of Emotions in Turkish-American Relations, Winter 2006

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 tendency by Turks to focus heavily on their own sense of outrage while downplaying the emotional effects of their own actions. Any discussion of emotion and modern Turkey must begin with the abortive Treaty of Sevres (1920) and the honored Treaty of...

David L. Arnett | 05 February 2007

Flags Against Fears and Uncertainties, Winter 2006

Flags Against Fears and Uncertainties, Winter 2006

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 own elites, and the negative wind blowing from Europe. The fear of uncertainties has fuelled a new nationalist fervour containing anti-American, anti-imperialist, and xenophobic feelings. The process of negotiations with the EU has not only unearthed...

Cengiz Günay | 05 February 2007

State-Dialogue in Italy and Germany for Promoting Integration of Muslims, Winter 2006

State-Dialogue in Italy and Germany for Promoting Integration of Muslims, Winter 2006

  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 commonly owned solutions with representatives of Muslim communities, and to strengthen the moderate voices with a view to preventing radicalization. Due to divisions within and the heterogeneity of the Muslim minorities in both countries it has so far...

Hans Christian Jasch | 05 February 2007

Rising Political Islam: Is it a Matter of Ideology or Pragmatism?, Winter 2006

Rising Political Islam: Is it a Matter of Ideology or Pragmatism?, Winter 2006

  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 religious ideology or whether they developed as a response to failure of existing regimes to address a range of concrete problems.  In this respect, this essay aims to demonstrate that Islam as a political ideology has become an instrument for the...

Irem Aşkar Karakır | 05 February 2007

Conflicting Voices: A Study of Youth Perspectives on Contemporary Turkish Politics, Winter 2006

Conflicting Voices: A Study of Youth Perspectives on Contemporary Turkish Politics, Winter 2006

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 Turkish university students based on original field research. This paper will attempt to answer the following questions: What political issues are important to Turkish university students? What ideological conflicts divide Turkish youth, and what...

Jinnyn D. Jacob | 05 February 2007

The Diversity of Turkish Human Rights NGOs and the Influence of the Process, Winter 2006

The Diversity of Turkish Human Rights NGOs and the Influence of the Process, Winter 2006

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 homosexuals’ rights illustrates the divergence between the underlying human rights concepts. Referring to these differing concepts, the paper aims at explaining the criticism Turkish civil society actors voice regarding the European process, leading to the...

Anne K. Duncker | 05 February 2007

Turkey's Accession to the EU: A Test Case for the Relevance of Identity, Winter 2006

Turkey's Accession to the EU: A Test Case for the Relevance of Identity, Winter 2006

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 definition and interpretation of European identity play a very important role in the future of the EU. The problematic accession process of Turkey to the EU is presented as a supporting argument indicating the relevance of identity...Please click here...

Güneş Becerik | 05 February 2007

In Search of Turkic Identity, Winter 2006

In Search of Turkic Identity, Winter 2006

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 and identity. Over the past few decades Turkic societies have lived under widely different political systems. A strong ideology could bring together these disparate groups and foster the development of a Turkic identity. A strong sense of shared...

Odil Ruzaliev | 05 February 2007

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