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Turkey's Pivotal Role in an Uncertain Era; Form the Desk of the Editor, Fall 2008

Turkey's Pivotal Role in an Uncertain Era; Form the Desk of the Editor, Fall 2008

  The acute economic crisis that has negatively impacted countries accross world, has not only affected global business and international trade; it has also influenced the dynamics of geostrategy and politics in unprcedented ways. This issue of TPQ takes stock of key events in 2008 and analyzes upcoming opportunities for the resolution of unsettled regional disputes. Please click here to read the text in full.

Nigâr Göksel | 05 December 2008

Cyprus Should not Miss What May be the Last Chance for Unification and a Common Future, Fall 2008

Cyprus Should not Miss What May be the Last Chance for Unification and a Common Future, Fall 2008

Despite the presence of a huge body of work of the UN, never before in the history of Cyprus negotiations had the two parties agreed on so much that defines the path to the solution of the problem. It is the expectation of the two peoples in Cyprus, as well as that of the international community as a whole, that the current two leaders will rise to the occasion and bring this protracted problem to a mutually acceptable conclusion.   Please click here to read the text in full

Mehmet Ali Talat | 05 December 2008

The Vision for Turkey in the UN Security Council, Fall 2008

The Vision for Turkey in the UN Security Council, Fall 2008

Financing for development is no longer about the old paradigm of aid dependency or charity, or about the North teaching the South. It is about an investment in a stable and inclusive future. That requires including new voices at the table, boosting South-South partnerships, and accepting that the North must learn to learn from the South. Today, as the world economy is buffeted by the worst financial crisis seen in decades, a crisis that entails grave implications for developing countries and...

Justin Lin | 05 December 2008

Turkey: A Success in Modernization, A Failure in Self-promotion, Fall 2008

Turkey: A Success in Modernization, A Failure in Self-promotion, Fall 2008

In this piece based on his speech at ARI Movement’s 10th Annual International Security Conference, Nirj Deva summarizes the successes of Turkey’s modernization and democratization project, identifies the key areas which make Turkey indispensible to Europe, and finally points to Turkey’s shortcomings in promoting its strengths. Mr Deva also emphasizes that European perception of Turkey is shaped more so by class-related issues than socio-cultural and religious factors.   Please click here to...

Nirj Deva | 05 December 2008

Improving the NATO-EU Partnership: A Turkish Partnership, Fall 2008

Improving the NATO-EU Partnership: A Turkish Partnership, Fall 2008

As recent events in Georgia demonstrate, the Euro-Atlantic security environment remains complex and subject to unforeseeable developments. Ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo as well as possible future crises put a premium on close cooperation between NATO and the EU. Yet, relations between the two organizations have been stymied from the beginning by political and institutional tensions, including those raised by the admission of the Greek Cypriots into the EU and those concerning the...

Ihsan Kiziltan | 05 December 2008

Turkey in the Unfolding New Chapter of the Big Energy Game, Fall 2008

Turkey in the Unfolding New Chapter of the Big Energy Game, Fall 2008

The Russia-Georgia war, which sent shock waves across Europe, impacted regional geostrategic and energy calculations. Regarding gas policies, it not only increased the political engagement of the EU but also led to a readjustment in the Turkish, Azeri and Turkmen positions. In addition, the global economic crisis a d the fall in oil prices might hamper Russia’s “petroconfidence”, and its assertive policies. Although recent developments seem to have played into the hands of...

Barcin Yinanc | 05 December 2008

The Incoming Obama Administration: Implications for Turkey, Fall 2008

The Incoming Obama Administration: Implications for Turkey, Fall 2008

In order to prepare for a new chapter in Turkish-American relations, it is essential to assess the incoming Obama Administration and to objectively analyze the implications for Turkey. The selection of the new Obama cabinet reveals a great deal concerning indications of the main people and policies that will come to drive and define Turkish-American relations. As the preliminary signs from the incoming Obama Administration suggest, Turkey will only benefit from the pronounced background on...

Richard Giragosian | 05 December 2008

Election Strategy for Turkish American Voters, Fall 2008

Election Strategy for Turkish American Voters, Fall 2008

With the elections in the U.S. behind us, the author argues against the logic of many Turkish Americans to vote on the basis of the Armenian Genocide bill and instead urges them to vote in accordance with their own values, domestic priorities, and vision for the future of America. He underlines the importance of supporting Turkish Americans that are eager to enter American politics at the local level as well.   Please click here to read the text in full

Ali Gunertem | 05 December 2008

Moscow Declaration on Nagarno-Karabakh: A View from Baku, Fall 2008

Moscow Declaration on Nagarno-Karabakh: A View from Baku, Fall 2008

Pointing out the pros and cons of the Moscow Declaration for both Armenia and Azerbaijan, the author argues that the interests of Russia have shifted post August war (with Georgia) and that this may be the determinant of whether a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is in fact feasible. Acknowledging the hurdle of domestic opposition in Armenia and countering the view that Azerbaijan is eager to use force, the author states that the Moscow Declaration is not a breakthrough but does have...

Fariz Ismailzade | 05 December 2008

Quest for Hard Power: The EU and the Black Sea Region after the Russia-Georgia War, Fall 2008

Quest for Hard Power: The EU and the Black Sea Region after the Russia-Georgia War, Fall 2008

The European Union sees itself as an advocate of the “soft power” approach in its external relations. The author argues that, due to the presence of an increasingly assertive Russia in the Black Sea region, this policy is no longer sustainable. The urgent need for a common stance towards Russia –but not to be confused with a stance against Russia– is not the author’s wishful thinking but is rather a necessity unless the EU is ready to withdraw as an actor from its...

Michal Thim | 05 December 2008

Ideology and Pragmatism in Turkish Foreign Policy: From Ataturk to the AKP, Fall 2008

Ideology and Pragmatism in Turkish Foreign Policy: From Ataturk to the AKP, Fall 2008

Observers who interpret Turkish foreign policy through the lens of an ideological debate between the country’s Eastern and Western identities have often overlooked the pragmatic motives that shaped policy decisions. In formulating their approaches toward Europe and the Middle East, Turkish leaders have seldom been influenced by the ideologies that determine their domestic politics. Understood in context, Atatürk’s disengagement from the Middle East and the AKP’s...

Onder Aytac | 05 December 2008

Moscow and Greek Orthodox Patriarchates, Fall 2008

Moscow and Greek Orthodox Patriarchates, Fall 2008

The Moscow Patriarchate and the Istanbul Greek Orthodox Patriarchate are both transnational actors that have a claim of leadership over World Orthodoxy. The Post-Soviet era brought new challenges to both churches and specific goals: to maintain the integrity of their canonical territory and to gain influence within the Orthodox Church. This article examines the uneasy relation of Istanbul and Moscow under the leadership of two dynamic church leaders Bartholomeos I and Alexei II with special...

Asli Bilge | 05 December 2008

Minorities within Minorities: Between the ''Self'' and the ''Other'', Fall 2008

Minorities within Minorities: Between the ''Self'' and the ''Other'', Fall 2008

Although, for centuries, we have witnessed different forms of nationalism, we cannot deny the fact that the international community lacked the necessary pace to form the instruments that would provide the protection of national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities. The minority rights literature talks only about these minorities as being subjected to certain policies that are restrictive or violating basic human rights. Despite the existence of such oppressive policies, minority groups...

Ceren Zeynep Ak | 05 December 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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