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Democratization and Disputes in the Neighborhood:Is Taking Sides Inevitable?, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
In a geostrategic reality that includes conflicts on every side, Turkey's role in bridging differences, tipping scales or preserving its neutrality has not been easy to define nor follow. In this issue, Turkish Policy Quarterly takes a look at...
Turkish Foreign Policy and Iran, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
This article elaborates upon Turkey’s foreign policy with a specific focus on relations with Iran. Turkish foreign policy is predicated on its unique historical experience and geography which endows it with an added sense of responsibility...
Why Turkey Cannot Abstain on Iran's Nuclear Violations, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
The IAEA Board, despite Turkey’s abstention, has reported its latest concerns to the Security Council. The time has come for the Security Council to take action in the form of increased sanctions. Turkey has troubled experience with...
A Movement for Change: Forging a Bright Future on Firm Principles, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
Turkey is emerging as a global leader, but its inconsistent behavior clashes with principles of true democracy. Turkey’s human and democratic development lags and Turkey is creating new problems with friends, not “no problems” with...
Implementing Peace in Sudan: Lessons for the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the 22-year civil war, the longest in recent African history, between the North and South Sudan, had its fifth anniversary on January 9. The peace agreement did not solve all of the structural problems,...
The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the Aftermath of the Russia-Georgia War, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
The unresolved conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh is considered the most daunting issue for South Caucasus’ security. Since 1994, when a cease-fire was reached between the parties, many attempts have been made to find...
Ukraine: Blue Challenges, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
After the Ukrainian presidential elections, Victor Yankovych’s “blue” team came to power. The defragmented “orange” camp has now been pushed to the opposition. Although the potential of the Orange Revolution was not...
Questioning the Embargo on Abkhazia: Turkey's Role in Integrating Into the Black Sea Region, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
There is a pressing need for engagement policies towards Abkhazia andl for pragmatic approaches to open up channels of communication for people and trade. Georgia has a stake in a policy of pro-active engagement with Abkhazia. Past efforts at...
Nation-Building and State-Building in Azerbaijan: The Challenges of Education Abroad, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
This article examines the interaction among education, national identity, and external players attempting to influence post-Soviet Azerbaijan. The authors argue that in the circumstances surrounding transition, education became a major political tool...
In Search of Lost Time: Turkey and Its Current Energy Politics, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
By referring to the great French novelist Marcel Proust’s novel -A la Recherche du Temps Perdu/In search of Lost Time- this article argues that Turkey is in search of lost time regarding its energy politics. Indeed, contrary to the Cold War...
Old Principles, New Practices: Explaining the AKP Foreign Policy, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) assumed office in November 2002, its quite unprecedented foreign policy practices, both in substance and in style, have incited a general debate over the proper explication of the defining characteristics...
Turkey-Armenia Rapprochement at Risk: Time for Vision and Courage, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
The international community hailed last year’s October 10 signing of protocols on the establishment of diplomatic relations and the development of bilateral ties between Turkey and Armenia as a turning point, but all were aware that the road to...
Turkey Should Embrace Business Diplomacy, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
The international business community has long praised Turkey as an economic powerhouse, however a certain je ne sais quoi keeps it from fully entering the club of emerging nations with high growth potentials in the coming years. Yet, while...
Why ''South Azerbaijan'' matters?, Winter 2009Friday, February 5, 2010
This article is a general review of the recent developments concerning the legitimacy of the Iranian government, nuclear proliferation in the international context and human rights violations. Politics, economics, geography and demography of...
TPQ Roundtable: Turkey and Israel - Old Friends, New Enemies?Friday, February 5, 2010
This article reviews the roundtable discussion organized by Turkish Policy Quar- terly and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation on Turkish-Israeli relations, which took place on 11 March 2010 in Istanbul. In light of the discussions, the author evaluates...
From the Desk of the Editor TPQ’s Winter issue examines global trade dynamics—from US-China tensions to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to US tariff threats towards the EU. Chief among the issues generating a high degree of economic uncertainty is the US-China trade conflict and the magnitude of the emerging global fallout. Major changes are already afoot—namely a shift...
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