Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

Between Europe and Eurasia: The Search For New Paradigms, Spring 2009

Between Europe and Eurasia: The Search For New Paradigms, Spring 2009

In this issue of TPQ, we look at some of the pressing questions on the foreign policy agendas of countries stretching from Europe to Eurasia. Dynamics of the wider Black Sea region, which lies at the center of this geography, figure parti-cularly high. To foster a deeper understanding of ongoing debates about the re-gion, we reflect on both the human dimension and geo-strategic considerations.    

Nigâr Göksel | 05 June 2009

The Return of the pan-European Security, Spring 2009

The Return of the pan-European Security, Spring 2009

The author offers an overview of the key trends in the evolution of European security at three levels -pan-European, transatlantic and the EU- over three distinct periods since the end of the Cold War. At the eve of a new phase of pan-European discussions, the Russian proposal with respect to pan-European security is considered. The author concludes by stating that it is the question of Russia’s place in the European family that is at stake at the current stage. The scope and duration of...

Marc Perrin De Brichambaut | 05 June 2009

The EU Gate to the Black Sea Regional Cooperation: A Romanian-Turkish Common Ground, Spring 2009

The EU Gate to the Black Sea Regional Cooperation: A Romanian-Turkish Common Ground, Spring 2009

Offering an overview of the various frameworks for cooperation in the wider Black Sea, the author explains that Romania aims to bring the EU and the region closer together and argues that Turkey and Romania can play an important role in the future of the region. Touching upon the shared values versus the differing interests between the EU and Russia, the author claims that zero sum games are games of the past. He emphasizes that the EU cannot alone revamp its neighborhood, but also points out...

Christian Diaconescu | 05 June 2009

Turkish Foreign Policy in a Globalizing World, Spring 2009

Turkish Foreign Policy in a Globalizing World, Spring 2009

In Turkey there is currently a lack of trust and an increasing feeling of ambiguity and insecurity about the future of Turkey-EU relations. However, this article argues, EU-full membership should be the main axis of Turkish foreign policy. With Turkey-EU relations as the main axis, Turkey can play the roles expected of it most realistically and successfully – such as offering an alternative to the clash of civilization thesis. And most importantly the EU anchor will enable Turkey to...

E. Fuat Keyman & Senem Aydın | 05 June 2009

Turkey's Image and the Armenian Question, Spring 2009

Turkey's Image and the Armenian Question, Spring 2009

Turkey can justifiably condemn the policies and actions of previous regimes or governments while still asserting pride in its history, the author argues. He subsequently points out that confronting its own history with honesty will only strengthen Turkey domestically and internationally. Among other suggestions, the author calls for Turkey to suspend all its paid lobbying activities with respect to congressional resolutions about 1915 and instead dedicate resources to examine the events of 1915...

Osman Bengur | 05 June 2009

Turkey-EU Relations and Democracy in Turkey: Problems and Prospects, Spring 2009

Turkey-EU Relations and Democracy in Turkey: Problems and Prospects, Spring 2009

Turkey’s integration with Europe is not a painless process.The reluctance of the important EU politicians to make concessions on central issues concerning the Turkish accession process is the basic problem. However, the Turkish government and people need to become more aware of the fact that in spite of all these difficulties, the Turkish accession process has been valuable as a lever for democratization in Turkey.  

Omer Cihad Vardan | 05 June 2009

Integration of Transcaucasia: Continued Failure and Hope, Spring 2009

Integration of Transcaucasia: Continued Failure and Hope, Spring 2009

The article discusses the failing history of Transcaucasia (South Caucasus) integration and the reasons for its continued failures. Lack of positive experience in integration, constant rivalry between the states of the region and among the great powers around the wider region and extra-regional powers, absence of common identity, and contrary security perceptions by the regional players have all played a part in these failures. Conflicts between countries in this region or with ethnic enclaves,...

Tigran Mkrtchyan and Vahram Petrosyan | 05 June 2009

The Future of Turkish-Russian Relations: A Strategic Perspective, Spring 2009

The Future of Turkish-Russian Relations: A Strategic Perspective, Spring 2009

Analyzing multiple dimensions of the relationship, the author argues that contrary to some experts’ predictions, a strategic partnership between Turkey and Russia is not likely to develop in the near future. The author concludes that: the key question will be how Russia will react to the reduction of its influence in the post-Soviet area. It is very likely to respond by continuing with the current aggressive stance (interference with internal affairs of post-Soviet countries and military...

Adam Balcer | 05 June 2009

Shame and Pride in Turkish Collective Memory, Spring 2009

Shame and Pride in Turkish Collective Memory, Spring 2009

The author takes up two events, which seem to be practically absent in the minds of a large portion of Turkish society to analyz intentional or unintentional omissions in the construction of national identity. One of the case studies the author examines to shed light on the social memory in Turks is the tragic 6-7 September 1955 events when the Greek minority in Istanbul (The Rum’s) and their property was attacked. The other case study is on discourse following the disastrous sinking of a...

Ali Ergur | 05 June 2009

The Light of Ararat, Spring 2009

The Light of Ararat, Spring 2009

In April 2009, the European Stability Initiative released a report titled “Noah’s Dove Returns: Armenia, Turkey and the Debate on Genocide” (www.esiweb.org). The report relates the profound changes Turkey has undergone in recent years in terms of democratization and open debate of the Armenian question – also pointing out the remaining contradictions. While Turkey continues to expend capital into resisting international recognition of the Armenian genocide, a growing tide...

European Stability Initiative | 05 June 2009

Book Review - Potential of Public Diplomacy: Turks in Europe, Spring 2009

Book Review - Potential of Public Diplomacy: Turks in Europe, Spring 2009

Turks in Europe need to be assessed from various angles such political participation, education, women’s issues, religious tendencies, the discriminatory practices they face, and their views on Turkish-EU relations. The migrants play a role in the transformation of cultural identities in Turkey as well. The second and third generations of Turkish migrants are developing new identities that may facilitate building bridges between Turkey and the EU. The biggest support to Turkey’s...

Samet Gunek | 05 June 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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