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The International Architecture of Global Governance and Turkey, Winter 2007

The International Architecture of Global Governance and Turkey, Winter 2007

In light of TUrkey's candidacy for a UNSC rotating non-permanent seat for the term 2009-10, with this issue of TPQ we examine Turkey's role in various international organizations. We explore how Turkey could better incarnate the oft-voiced epithets, such as "civilizational bridge", "energy hub" and "regional peace broker". Within this analysis, we also append an inspection of the legitimacy, representativeness and effectiveness of various international...

Nigâr Göksel | 05 February 2008

Why is a Permanent Seat For Turkey at the UNSC Important For Herself, Her Region and the World?, Winter 2007

Why is a Permanent Seat For Turkey at the UNSC Important For Herself, Her Region and the World?, Winter 2007

In terms of foreign policy planning, this candidacy is a well-thought out decision, rm conviction that representation in the Security Council is important  for Turkey, for her region and for the world at large. As a member of the Security  Council, we will be looking forward to working with all members of the international community to help replace despair with hope, poverty with prosperity, inequality with justice and violence with peace.      Please click here to...

Abdullah Gül | 05 February 2008

International Organizations In Transformation: Why Does the OECD Matter of Turkey?, Winter 2007

International Organizations In Transformation: Why Does the OECD Matter of Turkey?, Winter 2007

In today’s world, the globalization of international relations, the internationalization of ational policy areas and the growing awareness that global problems require global solutions signify new important functions for diplomacy. Yet, the traditional actors of international affairs are not suf with the complexities of the present and anticipated challenges. They face a survival question: to catch up with changing times by responding effectively to the needs of their constituencies or...

Mehmet Öğütçü | 05 February 2008

Redefinding Turkey's Strategic Orientation, Winter 2007

Redefinding Turkey's Strategic Orientation, Winter 2007

The Republic of Turkey continues to undergo a profound reexamination of the very tenets of its national identity, driven by a combination of internal reforms and external challenges. An equally significant strategic reorientation involving Turkey’s role within the region and its future position in a broader international context is Turkey’s robust reassertion of its strategic importance, as a global actor with an emboldened agenda of activity within a number of international...

Richard Giragosian | 05 February 2008

Bridging the Sincerity Gap, Winter 2007

Bridging the Sincerity Gap, Winter 2007

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has entered an election year and will decide which states are best fi t to be non-permanent members for the 2009-2010 term. Turkey is bidding for a seat in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) along with Austria and Iceland. With much of the Council’s resources committed to the Middle East, the Council would be wise to bring Turkey into the leadership fold.   Please click here to read the text in full

Allen Collinsworth | 05 February 2008

Turkey: Uniter or Divider?, Winter 2007

Turkey: Uniter or Divider?, Winter 2007

Turkey wants to rotate onto the Security Council after a nearly 50-year absence.The Turkish leadership has claimed that the country can serve as a bridge across a growing gap between the West and the Islamic world. Although it has made great strides over the last decade to strengthen its credentials as a mediator, Turkey still faces divisive problems with its minority populations at home and its neighbors abroad. Nevertheless, Security Council membership may prompt Turkey to live up to its...

John Feffer | 05 February 2008

Turkey: A Front State, Winter 2007

Turkey: A Front State, Winter 2007

Outlining Turkey’s track record on multiple fronts, the author highlights the reasons behind high investor interest in Turkey. Offering assurance that Turkey’s EU track will proceed, the author argues that economically Turkey is already a part of the EU.   Please click here to read the text in full

Alpaslan Korkmaz | 05 February 2008

Turkey,The UN and the WTO: The Emergence of a Trading Nation and a Good International Citizen, Winter 2007

Turkey,The UN and the WTO: The Emergence of a Trading Nation and a Good International Citizen, Winter 2007

The UN and the WTO were each the brainchild of one ideal: The ideal of building a peaceful liberal world order. Establishing the rule of law in international relations and openness are indispensable elements of this new world order. By providing a rules-based system for international trade, and by increasing the openness of its Members’ economies, the WTO contributes to the realization of this ideal.  ll this function without the commitment of its Member States. Good international...

Mehmer Karli | 05 February 2008

The EU Institutional Capacity in Securing Energy, Winter 2007

The EU Institutional Capacity in Securing Energy, Winter 2007

This essay analyzes external energy policy as a product of institutional dynamics within the EU. The Commission treats energy purely as a commodity and chooses a market approach to shape energy policy. The Council could add the geopolitical dimension to EU external energy security but lacks uni states.  While there are regions where the external market approach makes sense (e.g. Western Balkans), it is a tall order to expect this approach to address EU enthe success stories in mixture between...

Manja Vidic | 05 February 2008

Whither Bosnia? Dilemmas of State-Building in the Western Balkans, Winter 2007

Whither Bosnia? Dilemmas of State-Building in the Western Balkans, Winter 2007

The deep-running divisions within the Bosnian society torn apart by the 1992-95 war, the political elites’ confrontational style and the overwhelming role played by the international community perpetuate the deadlocks that de post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina  (BiH). ecently, BiH was a testing ground for instruments related to the emerging European Security and Defense Policy such as the police mission (EUPM) launched in 2002 and EUFOR, a peacekeeping mission which replaced NATO’s...

Dimitar Bechev | 05 February 2008

The Fight Against Terrorism and Security Strategies in the EU After 9/11, Winter 2007

The Fight Against Terrorism and Security Strategies in the EU After 9/11, Winter 2007

The attacks of 9/11 changed the security concept of the world and showed that no country was immune to terrorist offenses any longer. The European Union, as well as the United States of America had to fight terrorism. These measures included legislations to prevent ternancing and other terrorism-related actions. Thus, a series of measures such as establishing an area of justice, or freezing funds suspected of helping terrorist aims has been implemented within the EU. As a result, member states...

Maya Arakon | 05 February 2008

Turkey's Potential Lies in its Future, not in its Past, Winter 2007

Turkey's Potential Lies in its Future, not in its Past, Winter 2007

Dirk Vermeiren experiences Turkey as an energy hub in every sense of the word. But to him it seems as if it is Turkish people themselves that need to be convinced of their own potential. According to Dirk, the discourse in Turkish politics and even amongst ordinary Turks is too much colored by existing frustrations towards internal and external affairs. Dirk challenges Turkey to proach to its problems.   Please click here to read the text in full

Dirk Vermeiren | 05 February 2008

Global Governance and Turkey: The Two Way Window for a Rising Power, Winter 2007

Global Governance and Turkey: The Two Way Window for a Rising Power, Winter 2007

Turkey with its unique attributes of geography, capable leadership, a swath of turkophone, recently independent countries at its door step, a long lasting special  rst ever Muslim member, is de member in this new international global governance architecture.  Its muchdebated and much-disputed experiment of a multilateral foreign policy, meant to exploit its newfound strategic depth, is proving adequately successful to allow this set of policies to continue.  However Turkey is...

George Stavri | 05 February 2008

Determinants of Turkish Citizens Attitudes Towards International Institutions, Winter 2007

Determinants of Turkish Citizens Attitudes Towards International Institutions, Winter 2007

Following a brief introduction of the literature on the role of public opinion in international relations, the author analyzes the Turkey towards the UN and the EU. The factors that trust in these institutions depends on and the variations within different segments of the Turkish society are dissected.   Please click here to read the text in full

Emre Erdoğan | 05 February 2008

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR
From The Desk Of The Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when global instability is arguably at its highest point since the end of World War II. The Western-led liberal world order that emerged in its wake, anchored by NATO and bolstered by multilateral institutions such as the European Union and the World Bank is fraying, and the principles upon which the order was founded are being undermined. Furthermore, the...
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