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The Atlantic Alliance and Turkey's Neighborhood, Winter 2008

The Atlantic Alliance and Turkey's Neighborhood, Winter 2008

This Winter 2008/9 Issue of Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) arrives in your hands on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In summer of 2004, we were honored to include the perspective of NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in TPQ during the organization’s annual summit  – which was held in Istanbul that year.

Nigâr Göksel | 05 February 2009

NATO at 60: Time for a New Strategic Concept, Winter 2008

NATO at 60: Time for a New Strategic Concept, Winter 2008

With a new administration assuming office in the United States, this is the ideal moment to initiate work on a new Alliance Strategic Concept. I expect significant inputs from all member states during this process, including a major contribution to the debate from Turkey, given the country’s pivotal geographical position and its unique regional expertise. It is essential that we reinforce the concept of Allied solidarity in this new security environment and that all nations are reassured...

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer | 05 February 2009

Obama, Turkey and the Middle East: Troubles Ahead?, Winter 2008

Obama, Turkey and the Middle East: Troubles Ahead?, Winter 2008

The Obama administration might rebrand the U.S. in Turkey and reduce the scope for anti-Americanism, but we should be wary of expecting an automatic improvement in the relationship. There are many obstacles to negotiate, particularly with respect to the Middle East. The turn of events, especially in Iraq, might highlight awkward differences. Furthermore, Washington is likely to interpret multilateralism to include support from its friend when its initiatives fail. For Turkey in particular...

William Park | 05 February 2009

The Idea of a Bi-national State in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Winter 2008

The Idea of a Bi-national State in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Winter 2008

The recent tragedy in Gaza overshadowed the peace process aiming at a sustainable political solution in Palestine. Lately, efforts have focused on the reconciliation of the ceasefire rather than a lasting peace agreement. Eventually, in her first visit to Israel in March 2009 as the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said the U.S. Government would pursue a comprehensive peace plan, and a two-state solution would be inescapable. This article discusses one of the options for a...

Burak Erdenir | 05 February 2009

Imagining the Future and Rewriting the Past: The "New" History of Turkish Cypriots, Winter 2008

Imagining the Future and Rewriting the Past: The

  As social, political and economic conditions of nations change, so national memory and national identity, will be redefined in ways that make them relevant to the new set of circumstances in which they find themselves. It is no coincidence (as in other societies) that the Turkish Cypriot community changed its history books in circumstances in which it imagined a different future for itself. Yet, how important this step will be in shaping the future for the next generation remains to be...

Gül İnanç & Niyazi Kızılyürek | 05 February 2009

The United States, Europe and Turkey: Lands of Opportunity, Winter 2008

The United States, Europe and Turkey: Lands of Opportunity, Winter 2008

America’s legacy as the “land of opportunity” has recently been symbolically reclaimed. Barack Obama’s election shows that in America, political opportunity is within reach for minorities – holding up a mirror to Europe and Turkey. In reshaping more sustainable futures in answer to the global economic crisis, we should be equally concerned with generating legitimate leadership and inclusive access to political power. There is room for reforms and changes in the...

Marietje Schaake | 05 February 2009

Turkish Foreign Policy: Telling Style from Substance, Winter 2008

Turkish Foreign Policy: Telling Style from Substance, Winter 2008

On 29 January 2009, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stormed out of a debate with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Davos World Economic Forum. With impassioned Peres defending Israel’s offensive in Gaza and an outraged Erdoğan accusing him of “knowing well how to kill people” and, having been cut off by the moderator, vowing never to return to Davos, the event certainly made for pretty good television. Contrary to what some commentators have alleged, however, it...

Piotr Zalewski | 05 February 2009

Turkish Prime Minister Risks Turkey's Role as the Region's Honest Broker, Winter 2008

Turkish Prime Minister Risks Turkey's Role as the Region's Honest Broker, Winter 2008

Prime Minister Erdoğan’s increasingly harsh criticism of Israel and his vocal support for Hamas are worth examining.Erdoğan’s Davosperformance won him praise among Turkish and Arab public but at the expense of sabotaging Turkish foreign policy in the Middle Eastregion.It remains to be seen whether or not the close ties and long-term relationship betweenTurkey and Israel will survive.But Erdoğan-led Turkey will no longer be seen as the region’s honest broker.

Özgül Erdemli | 05 February 2009

NABUCCO: Pipeline Politics and the U.S-Turkey Strategic Partnership, Winter 2008

NABUCCO: Pipeline Politics and the U.S-Turkey Strategic Partnership, Winter 2008

United States President Barack Obama will visit Turkey in April 2009. On his agenda will be a number of issues of mutual concern between the two NATO allies. One issue that should be placed high on the agenda is the expansion of the East-West energy corridor and Turkey’s role in providing the requisite political and commercial security to bring the Nabucco project to fruition. This would not be the fi rst time the U.S. and Turkey played a critical role in energy security. A decade ago,...

Daniel Freifeld | 05 February 2009

Anatolian Cities and the New Spirit of Turkish Capitalism, Winter 2008

Anatolian Cities and the New Spirit of Turkish Capitalism, Winter 2008

Since the 1990s, Turkey has witnessed the emergence of both rapid industrialization and an opening up to the globe in the cities of the Anatolia region, also known as the “Anatolian Tigers”. There is another Turkey beyond Istanbul and Ankara, one that is not backward as is commonly assumed. It remains quite fragmented, and while there is poverty and regional inequality, there is also dynamism. The Europeanization process of Turkey has been instrumental in these cities’ growth,...

Evren Tok | 05 February 2009

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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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