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Turkey and the EU: Soft Power Synergy, Fall 2009

Turkey and the EU: Soft Power Synergy, Fall 2009

In this issue, TPQ takes stock of Turkey’s EU accession process and addresses several key questions about Turkey’s pro-active role in neighboring regions: is the regional role Turkey aspires to complementary or contradictory to the coun -try’s EU vocation, is it motivated by vision or frustration, and how can it most ef -fectively support the long term goals articulated by Ankara? We are delighted to embark on this discussion with the two leading authorities on...

Nigâr Göksel | 05 December 2009

Turkish Foreign Policy and the EU in 2010, Fall 2009

Turkish Foreign Policy and the EU in 2010, Fall 2009

While Turkey pursues a policy of constructive engagement in its neighborhood and beyond, full integration with the EU is and will remain the priority. Membership in the EU is Turkey’s strategic choice and this objective is one of the most important projects of the Republican era. With the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, Europe will undertake new responsibilities on a global scale. European leaders now have a chance to demonstrate their resolve in preparing the EU for the challenges of the...

Ahmet Davutoğlu | 05 December 2009

Interview with Carl Bildt: The EU, Turkey and Neighbors Beyond, Fall 2009

Interview with Carl Bildt: The EU, Turkey and Neighbors Beyond, Fall 2009

In this exclusive interview for Turkish Policy Quarterly, as the Swedish Presidency draws to an end, Foreign Minister Bildt assesses the trends in Turkey’s relations with the European Union.  

Carl Bildt | 05 December 2009

Losing Turkey or Strategic Blindness?, Fall 2009

Losing Turkey or Strategic Blindness?, Fall 2009

Negative statements and actions by EU leaders have played a key role in discouraging Turkey. Turkey’s recent activism in the Middle East, which is widely misread as a departure from the West is certainly encouraged by the frustrations with the EU. From this vantage point, it is healthier to interpret the dramatically deepened and broadened economic and energy relations between Turkey and Iran (and Russia) in recent weeks and months as Turkey’s way of saying “I am here,...

Tuncay Babali | 05 December 2009

Israeli-Turkish Tensions and Beyond, Fall 2009

Israeli-Turkish Tensions and Beyond, Fall 2009

Surveying the escalation of tensions between Turkey and Israel in recent years, the author argues that the substance and tone of the relationship in the 1990s will likely not be restored, however predicts that both sides will consider it in their respective interests to sustain the present level of diplomatic and economic relations. The author also presents an overview of the policies of the Turkish government in its neighborhood, concluding that balances of power in both the Caucasus and the...

Efraim Inbar | 05 December 2009

America's Reputation in the Age of Obama: Does it Depend on What the U.S. is or What it Does?, Fall 2009

America's Reputation in the Age of Obama: Does it Depend on What the U.S. is or What it Does?, Fall 2009

Questions about America’s standing in the world have stimulated a number of studies. The most recent of these, based on the concern that America’s reputation in the world had “declined dramatically” in the past decade, was undertaken by a study group appointed by the American Political Science Association (APSA). This essay provides an overview of various dimensions and implications of this study. It also points out that recent evidence concerning public opinion in Turkey...

Robert J. Lieber | 05 December 2009

Russia's Perceptions of Black Sea Regionalism, Fall 2009

Russia's Perceptions of Black Sea Regionalism, Fall 2009

The Black Sea Region is between two competing spatial orders, that of the EU/ Europe and that of Russia/CIS. A “counter-coalition to Russia” is being formed in this region. It is an academic truism to speculate about “fuzzy borders” of the EU; yet the contours and shapes of Russian spatial order are also not that simple. The ambiguity stems from numerous nationalist voices in Russia questioning the belonging of Crimea to Ukraine, as well as from the existence of sizeable...

Andrey S. Makarychev | 05 December 2009

EU, Turkey and Neighborhood Policies, Fall 2009

EU, Turkey and Neighborhood Policies, Fall 2009

Turkey has been pursuing a new foreign policy which aims to transform Turkey into a regional soft power. Though the increased economic links and momentum in overcoming deadlocks between Turkey and its neighbors has received praise, criticism and questions have also been raised. Cooperation between the EU (the ENP) and Turkey in the overlapping neighborhood would allow Turkey to circumvent the criticism and allow the EU to have a more effective neighborhood policy. The EU has advantages such as...

Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı | 05 December 2009

Obama's and Davutoğlu's Future Visions: Compatible, Contradictory or Phantasm?, Fall 2009

Obama's and Davutoğlu's Future Visions: Compatible, Contradictory or Phantasm?, Fall 2009

President Obama’s policies of engagement with other countries and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Davutoğlu’s approach to solving Turkey’s regional issues are both examples of the use of “soft power” to resolve disputes. At first blush, Turkey’s policy goals would appear to be compatible with those of the United States. However, recent developments appear to demonstrate that Turkey is turning away from America and the West. Moreover, while Turkey has made...

Mark Meirowitz | 05 December 2009

Turkey and Russia Meet in the Caucasus, Fall 2009

Turkey and Russia Meet in the Caucasus, Fall 2009

This article focuses on current Turkish-Russian relations which have been propelled by intensified energy cooperation. It draws attention to both the Turkish and the Russian foreign policy approaches that have changed significantly in the past decade, increasing both countries’ leverage in regional affairs, including the Caucasus. The process of Turkish-Armenian rapprochement is analyzed, with a view to its potential implications for the prospective regional energy projects in the context...

Maria Beat | 05 December 2009

Turkish-Iranian Relations: A Reality Check, Fall 2009

Turkish-Iranian Relations: A Reality Check, Fall 2009

Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have been struggling to find an appropriate response to the tide of events following the recent elections in Iran. Turkey’s neutral approach and its decision not to mingle in Iran’s internal affairs have led to renewed interest in the nature of Turkish-Iranian relations and in the question, what position Turkey actually takes on important issues such as the Iranian nuclear program. This article seeks to illuminate the different facets of the...

Andreas Breitegger | 05 December 2009

Turkey's Potential Added Value to the EU: Resolution of Regional Conflicts, Fall 2009

Turkey's Potential Added Value to the EU: Resolution of Regional Conflicts, Fall 2009

The supporters of the EU membership of Turkey argue that this state can help the Union become a global player, among other reasons thanks to its capacity as “facilitator” in the resolution of regional conflicts, especially in the Middle East and South Caucasus. This article is a critical analysis of this argument. The author agrees that Turkey after the accession would help the EU in conflict resolution, however only to a certain extent. Turkey would have to counteract long and short...

Adam Szymanski | 05 December 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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