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Dilemmas Ahead For Turkey's Regional Policies, Summer 2008

Dilemmas Ahead For Turkey's Regional Policies, Summer 2008

  The ARI Movement’s 10th Annual Security Conference: “Looking Ahead: Managing Turkey’s International Relations in the Coming Decade” took place in Istanbul this past September.  It was held in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. This issue of TPQ includes perspectives from a number of the speakers at the conference as well as additional views that complement...

Nigâr Göksel | 05 September 2008

Turkey and the EU: A Win-Win Game, Summer 2008

Turkey and the EU: A Win-Win Game, Summer 2008

The Georgia crisis this summer highlighted the strategic importance of Turkish-EU cooperation to ensure stability and security in our common neighborhood. One of the most effective ways to stabilize the Caucasus region and spread European values there is to keep Turkey and the EU moving together.   Please click here to read the text in full

Olli Rehn | 05 September 2008

Turkey with a Seat on the UN Security Council: Tough Decisions Ahead, Summer 2008

Turkey with a Seat on the UN Security Council: Tough Decisions Ahead, Summer 2008

Turkish  foreign  policy  makers  thread  a  thin,  delicate  line  in  a  series  of  important  regional  and transnational issues – such as the Russia-Georgia dispute, the Middle East conflict, the Cyprus question, or Iran’s nuclear program. Moreover,  the  world  economic  crisis  is  likely  to compound  the  severity  of political conflicts. So long as...

O. Faruk Loğoğlu | 05 September 2008

NATO and Turkey: Looking Ahead, Summer 2008

NATO and Turkey: Looking Ahead, Summer 2008

The Government needs to inform and educate the Turkish electorate on what the new NATO is, on what it can and cannot do. NATO remains firmly with Turkey in combating terrorism and has a lot of understanding for Turkish security interests. The Turkish government should also continue its efforts to motivate and inform the public about the benefits of pursuing full EU membership. It must also move ahead with reform. The Alliance and Europe need a capable, reform-oriented and internationally active...

Stefanie Babst | 05 September 2008

Turkey's Regional Role: Harder Choices Ahead, Summer 2008

Turkey's Regional Role: Harder Choices Ahead, Summer 2008

The circumstances of the last decade have encouraged a much more active and imaginative Turkish debate about international politics and strategy. Observers of the Turkish scene are right to identify the rise of a new look in Turkish foreign policy under AKP, with many positive and some negative results. Without question, Turkey’s international policy is now more diverse, both functionally and geographically. In the years ahead, Turkey may have fewer resources and fewer reasons to pursue a...

Ian O. Lesser | 05 September 2008

The Vision for Turkey on the UN Security Council, Summer 2008

The Vision for Turkey on the UN Security Council, Summer 2008

In sharing an overview about Turkey’s role within the United Nations and specifically the Turkish candidature for the UN Security Council, the author states that Turkey will prioritize contributing  to  “a  just  international  order  based  on  international  law”,  fostering reconciliation and paying attention to the least developed countries. Pointing out that Turkey has  increased  its  development...

Hasan Gogus | 05 September 2008

A '' Silk Road Union'' Strategy, Summer 2008

A '' Silk Road Union'' Strategy, Summer 2008

The issue of European integration is a priority for GUAM countries. However, it should be taken into account that GUAM countries, together with Turkey, have slim chances for the EU membership in the next 25 to 30 years. Turkey can serve as a stable and reliable business partner for the GUAM countries and foster the creation of a joint market as well as other programs that resemble the initial stages of the EU.   Please click here to read the text in full

Asim Mollazade | 05 September 2008

Turkey and the Black Sea Strategy, Summer 2008

Turkey and the Black Sea Strategy, Summer 2008

This article examines the case for the development of a post-Balkan strategy for European Union enlargement specifically focused on the Black Sea. It argues that in light of recent events in Georgia, and concerns over political stability in the Ukraine, such a move would represent a clear statement in support of their integration into Euro- Atlantic structures. However, such a move would also have an extremely beneficial effect on Turkey’s accession process. By virtue of its pivotal role...

James Ker-Lindsay | 05 September 2008

Regions In Between: Europe,NATO and the Geopolitics of Shifting Frontiers, Summer 2008

Regions In Between: Europe,NATO and the Geopolitics of Shifting Frontiers, Summer 2008

The enlargement of Western institutions and the incorporation of regions in between has been defined by the desire of those regions to shed their ‘in between-ness’. Despite resistance from Russia and Western Europe, this momentum will likely continue. The West’s premier institutions, the EU and NATO, with an open mind towards involving Russia, would do well to positively engage in the geopolitics of shifting frontiers.   Please click here to read the text in full

Alexandros Peterson | 05 September 2008

Whither Transcaucasia?, Summer 2008

Whither Transcaucasia?, Summer 2008

The five-day war in August 2008 between Russia and Georgia has put the future of the Caucasus in doubt. Security structures such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have appeared either unwilling or unable to resolve the region’s enduring conflict. To this situation, the Russian government’s recognition of the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states represents a...

Chad Nagle | 05 September 2008

The Cyprus Debate: A Moment for High-Class Diplomacy, Summer 2008

The Cyprus Debate: A Moment for High-Class Diplomacy, Summer 2008

Why is the EU not pushing the guarantor powers of Cyprus, Great Britain, Greece and Turkey, two of which are member states and one of which is a candidate state, to negotiate about their future roles in Cyprus. Why does the EU not lift the embargo against the Turkish Cypriots right away. Are the efforts so little because there is no real interest to find a settlement for the reunification? If so, why?   Please click here to read the text in full

Karin Resetarits | 05 September 2008

Turkish-Irananian Relations:When Opposites Attract, Summer 2008

Turkish-Irananian Relations:When Opposites Attract, Summer 2008

This article examines the ever-closer relationship between Turkey and Iran. Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in Turkey in 2002 it has pursued a markedly more assertive foreign policy than its predecessors. In the case of Iran, despite stark ideological differences, the two countries have recently worked together on a variety of fronts. Today, cooperation comes mainly in the form of energy arrangements, where Turkey looks to Iran’s abundant oil and gas resources...

Daphne Mccurdy | 05 September 2008

Voices from Armenia and Turkey on the Future of Relations, Summer 2008

Voices from Armenia and Turkey on the Future of Relations, Summer 2008

This is the second compilation of interviews on bilateral relations conducted in Turkey and Armenia with NGO and political party representatives. The project, supported by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation and USAID was carried out by the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation Seven interviews were included in the Fall 2007 issue, and in this issue we include the full interviews with two representatives of Armenian NGOs and two Turkish experts. In addition we have included...

TPQ Report | 05 September 2008

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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