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Viewpoints Collide: Shifts in Turkey and Its Neighborhood, Fall 2010

Viewpoints Collide: Shifts in Turkey and Its Neighborhood, Fall 2010

This issue of TPQ spans a broad range of topics concerning both Turkey’s domestic affairs and neighborhood dynamics. Diverse views are voiced on the course of change in a number of Turkey’s relationships that can be regarded to be “in flux” – Israel and Greece, Armenia and the United States. The respective capacity and influence of the U.S. and the EU in the regions of the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Eurasia are analyzed, in conjunction with an effort to better...

Nigâr Göksel | 05 December 2010

Turkish - U.S. Strategic Partnership, Fall 2010

Turkish - U.S. Strategic Partnership, Fall 2010

Over the decades, the Turkish-American relationship has transcended the limits of a political and military alliance, evolving into a strategic partnership that comprises not only political but also economic, cultural, and social spheres. The vision of a model partnership takes the Turkish-American relationship a step further than ever before. It envisages close cooperation between a secular and predominantly Muslim nation that has multiple regional identities and a...

Namık Tan | 05 December 2010

Washington Concerned As Turkey Leaving the West, Fall 2010

Washington Concerned As Turkey Leaving the West, Fall 2010

Turkey is facing a tough choice: if it wants to emerge as a ''first world'' economy and a liberal democracy, it needs to protect its interests in the West and expand ties with the United States. Such a choice would dictate both internal and foreign policy priorities, different from policies aimed at becoming a leader of the Muslim/Middle Eastern world. If, instead, Turkey prefers to be a “Sultan” in the East, it will continue to emphasize the priorities that are now...

Ariel Cohen | 05 December 2010

Reciprocal Insincerity: Current Trends in the Treatment of Minorities in Greece and Turkey, Fall 2010

Reciprocal Insincerity: Current Trends in the Treatment of Minorities in Greece and Turkey, Fall 2010

Reciprocity, a principle that should never be used by a state on its own citizens, has nonetheless been applied by the Greek government to legitimize policies limiting or violating the rights of Turkish-Muslims in Greece, and by the Turkish government to do the same for the Greek-Orthodox in Turkey. Fortunately, the approach of both governments toward reciprocity has recently shown signs of change. Minorities are now considered in a more positive light. Yet, the governments of the two countries...

Dimostenis Yağcıoğlu | 05 December 2010

Crises and Transformations in Turkish Political Economy, Fall 2010

Crises and Transformations in Turkish Political Economy, Fall 2010

This paper attempts to provide a general framework to understand the broad features of Turkish political economy by focusing on key crises and their political and economic consequences. Attention is drawn to the transformative impact of the major crises in terms of both shifts in the broad thrust of economic policies and the nature of Turkish private sector development. The paper concludes by underlining the importance of democratic consolidation as a means of overcoming the cyclical nature of...

Ziya Onis | 05 December 2010

Rethinking the State of Minorities in Greek - Turkish Relations in Light of European Integration, Fall 2010

Rethinking the State of Minorities in Greek - Turkish Relations in Light of European Integration, Fall 2010

This article discusses the impact of European integration on minority policies in Greece and Turkey. The history of minorities and the evolution of state policies in Greece and Turkey are examined. The paper argues that minority policies have rested upon the logic of marginalization, intimidation and reciprocity in both countries. However, European integration has provided policymakers in Athens and Ankara with a framework to legitimize their reform policies. Thus, significant improvements in...

Mert Tekin | 05 December 2010

The U.S. Security Strategy and the Role of Turkey in the New Middle East, Fall 2010

The U.S. Security Strategy and the Role of Turkey in the New Middle East, Fall 2010

Ever since the Iraq War disrupted the regional balance of power, a fundamentally new geopolitical reality has been emerging in the Middle East. As the U.S. winds down its military presence in Iraq, it must confront this new reality, and decide what kind of grand strategy it will henceforth apply to the region. In this respect, the most promising development it can seize upon is the rapidly emerging role of Turkey as a leading regional political, economic and...

Dariush Zahedi and Scott A. Field | 05 December 2010

Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: Survey of the Past, Present and Future, Fall 2010

Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: Survey of the Past, Present and Future, Fall 2010

For the last 19 years, Israelis and Palestinians have been trying to find solutions to end their conflict. Although the need to live together should have brought both sides to find a solution, the conflict is “stuck” and no solution ending the conflict has been agreed upon. Despite the natural tendency to analyze the conflict by criticizing the allegedly strong side (which, in this case is Israel), the following article presents a short summary and overview of the past, the missed...

Tal Gat | 05 December 2010

How to Negotiate with the EU: Theories and Practice, Fall 2010

How to Negotiate with the EU: Theories and Practice, Fall 2010

In the European Union, negotiation is a built-in and indispensable dimension of the decision-making process. There are written rules, unique moves, clearly defined targets and sometimes unexpected results. As for the ongoing negotiations of membership between the EU and Turkey, lack of political leadership and strategic vision on both sides have led the negotiations to become a bit of an enigma, rather than an end-game.  

Kader Sevinç | 05 December 2010

Fethullah Gülen's ''Jewish Dialogue'', Fall 2010

Fethullah Gülen's ''Jewish Dialogue'', Fall 2010

Fethullah Gülen is a moderate Turkish Muslim scholar, a prolific writer, philosopher, and leader of a self-named movement. His critics accuse him of undermining Turkish secular values, while his followers claim that he is a moderate religious scholar that is a victim of baseless and recurring attacks. Gülen and his Movement promote interfaith dialogue. The purpose of this essay is to examine Gülen’s relations with the Jewish community inside and outside Turkey, and analyze...

Efrat Aviv | 05 December 2010

The Effects of the Lisbon Treaty on Accession Countries, Fall 2010

The Effects of the Lisbon Treaty on Accession Countries, Fall 2010

The Lisbon Treaty does not introduce new policy areas, legislation or policy models to which the acceding countries should converge. It does not advance the enlargement process, nor does it add certainty to it. The Treaty, however, does offer institutional reforms that may significantly change the approach of the Union towards accession countries. This paper assesses the impact of the Lisbon treaty on future accessions to the European Union.  

Marija Risteska | 05 December 2010

Russia As the West's Elusive Ally in Afghanistan, Fall 2010

Russia As the West's Elusive Ally in Afghanistan, Fall 2010

The article examines Russia’s Afghan policy in light of the tentative Russo-West rapprochement in the aftermath of the August War in Georgia. It juxtaposes Russia’s regional interests and its global foreign policy agenda vis-à-vis the West in order to evaluate the true extent of Moscow’s involvement in Afghanistan. The article concludes that lack of resources and clear Afghan strategy overshadowed by Russia’s conflicting, and too often overambitious, foreign policy...

Jakub Kulhanek | 05 December 2010

Genocide Politics: Players, Moves and An Endgame, Fall 2010

Genocide Politics: Players, Moves and An Endgame, Fall 2010

The issue of the events involving Armenians and Turks at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century has gained political currency over the past few decades. It involves a number of players: the Republic of Turkey, the organized Armenian Diaspora, the Republic of Armenia, the Armenians of Turkey, the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the nascent émigré groups of Turks and Azerbaijanis in the West. Whereas the Armenian parties must consolidate their efforts and...

Nareg Seferian | 05 December 2010

Azerbaijan - Russia Relations: Is Foreign Policy Strategy of Azerbaijan Changing?, Fall 2010

Azerbaijan - Russia Relations: Is Foreign Policy Strategy of Azerbaijan Changing?, Fall 2010

In the historical course of Azerbaijan, Russia has always been perceived as an invader, while Russia considered Azerbaijan as both an opportunity and a threat – an opportunity in the sense that it is a bridge in the region, and a threat as this can also be utilized by other states. As a small and newly independent country, Azerbaijan has not been able to determine its own foreign policy course, but instead tries to balance the foreign powers’ demands. If Russia uses the powerful...

Araz Aslanlı | 05 December 2010

The Union for Eastern and Mediterranean Partnership: Conflicting Geopolitical Interests or Complementary Concepts, Fall 2010

The Union for Eastern and Mediterranean Partnership: Conflicting Geopolitical Interests or Complementary Concepts, Fall 2010

The article aims to elaborate on the European Union’s policy towards the Mediterranean region by focusing specifically on the newly-designed concept of the Union for the Mediterranean, which is juxtaposed with Eastern Partnership, a fledgling project adopted by the EU in 2009. A comparative approach is adopted which evaluates the “political resources” being committed to the two dimensions of Europe’s neighborhood policy. In the wide array of EU’s foreign policy...

Jakub Wodka | 05 December 2010

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