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Turkey & The EU - Stronger Together?, Spring 2011

Turkey & The EU - Stronger Together?, Spring 2011

In this issue, TPQ takes up three interrelated themes, Turkey’s EU accession pro-cess, home grown democratization, and potential synergies created in the foreign policy realm. Just as progress in each of these policy arenas reinforces the other, problems in one front has the potential to strain or impair the others.  

Nigâr Göksel | 05 June 2011

Turkey and Germany: A Unique Partnership for Freedom and Prosperity in Europe, Spring 2011

Turkey and Germany: A Unique Partnership for Freedom and Prosperity in Europe, Spring 2011

Internal reforms towards a more lively democracy, more effective state institutions, transparent courts accessible to all, are not first and foremost in the interest of the European Union, but in the interest of the people of Turkey. Achieving freedom of expression is a crucial part of internal reform, and freedom of the press is essential. In an open society, the media are diverse and represent a wide variety of opinions and convictions. In a successful democracy, government and politicians not...

Guido Westwerwelle | 05 June 2011

The Role of European Union in the Wider Black Sea Region, Spring 2011

The Role of European Union in the Wider Black Sea Region, Spring 2011

The article deals mainly with the importance of EU involvement in the wider Black Sea region, the main European policies and initiatives related to this region (the Black Sea Synergy, the European Neighborhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership, the EU Strategy for the Danube region), as well as regional initiatives and priorities in the fields of energy and security. Regional cooperation issues are also approached from a bilateral perspective: the role played in this strategically important area...

Bogdan Aurescu | 05 June 2011

Zero Problems? Time for a New Policy Narrative, Spring 2011

Zero Problems? Time for a New Policy Narrative, Spring 2011

The uprisings in the Middle East have prompted important questions about the future role of Turkey in the region as well as on the state of play at home. While Turkey has been presented as an inspiration or a model, not in the least by Turkey itself, there is little proof to back the relevance of this claim. The Arab spring rather exposes a number of problems for Turkey's foreign policy. The “zero problems with neighbors” doctrine is primarily interest driven, and based on...

Marietje Schaake | 05 June 2011

EU and Turkey versus the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Spring 2011

EU and Turkey versus the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Spring 2011

As the Turkish Cypriot people of the island of Cyprus, we were not instrumental for the culmination of the inter-communal troubles in 1963 and 1974. Despite this fact, we are the victims that have been suffering since 1963. We have even been deprived of our most basic human rights such as the right to travel, communicate and even join sports activities abroad. We believe that the decades-old negotiations have covered every aspect of the Cyprus problem with hair splitting detail. Extending the...

Serdar Denktaş | 05 June 2011

Turkey's Women in the EU Process, Spring 2011

Turkey's Women in the EU Process, Spring 2011

In Turkey, women are the ones who suffer most from the growing trend towards a new type of ultra conservatism which does not consider women and men equal in the words of the Prime Minister. In order to address this problem, and in the wake of the upcoming elections, as the Republican People's Party (CHP) we attribute great importance to pro-women policies. We aim to raise the education levels of women and ensure their economic freedom. To this end, we have prepared a Family Insurance scheme...

Gülsün Bilgehan | 05 June 2011

Turkey's Future Reforms and the European Union, Spring 2011

Turkey's Future Reforms and the European Union, Spring 2011

The European Union (EU) has played a critical role in Turkey’s reform process since the end of the Cold War but over time it has become less central a factor in Turkey’s internal transformation. The goals of “Europeanization” and “democratization” are no longer fully intertwined and the ruling elite seems to be focused on power consolidation just as much as on democratic consolidation. The ongoing discussion around the adoption of a new civilian Constitution...

Emiliano Alessandri | 05 June 2011

Migration Debates in Europe: Migrants as Anti- Citizens, Spring 2011

Migration Debates in Europe: Migrants as Anti- Citizens, Spring 2011

This article tries to reveal the recent debates revolving around the issue of migration in Europe, and claims that migration has recently become securitized and stigmatized in a way that prompts the autochthonous societies to generate a set of migrant-phobic attitudes. This work further argues that this kind of fear does not really have material sources; it is on the contrary an artificial fear fabricated by the conservative political elite who are likely to use the politics of fear as a form of...

Ayhan Kaya | 05 June 2011

Who Really Wants a ''Muslim Democracy''?, Spring 2011

Who Really Wants a ''Muslim Democracy''?, Spring 2011

The term “Muslim democracy” is an oxymoron because democracies by definition cannot take religion as a reference point. It is also unfair to the religion because in a Muslim democracy, democracy deficits will be attributed to Islam. These days it is fashionable among Westerners to brand Turkey as a model country for the Middle East. This practice not only favors the ruling AKP but also disregards an important reality of Turkey’s political evolution: without secularism, AKP...

Kadri Gürsel | 05 June 2011

Ergenekon and Sledgehammer:Building or Undermining the Rule of Law?, Spring 2011

Ergenekon and Sledgehammer:Building or Undermining the Rule of Law?, Spring 2011

Turkey’s legal system was reformed significantly during the last decade, with the avowed objective of aligning it with European norms and facilitating the country’s accession to the European Union. On paper, Turkey now has a legal regime that is little different from Europe’s in terms of procedural safeguards and the rights of defendants. But the reality on the ground could not be more different. The author argues that the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer trials have been marred by...

Dani Rodrik | 05 June 2011

Defining Tobacco Control As an Important Human Right and Development Goal, Spring 2011

Defining Tobacco Control As an Important Human Right and Development Goal, Spring 2011

The purpose of this paper is to advance tobacco control within a powerful rights and development framework in Turkey. The integration of a human rights based approach to the control of tobacco is a powerful tool in the protection of the rights of women and children. Turkey is a party to the the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) which should be read in the context of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the...

Rangita de Silva de Alwis and Richard Daynard | 05 June 2011

Risks of Appeasement: The Failure of the East and the West in the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy, Spring 2011

Risks of Appeasement: The Failure of the East and the West in the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy, Spring 2011

The 12 editorial cartoons of the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, in 2005 should not be considered an insult to the Muslim world. Therefore, appeasement to extreme reactions by the Muslim community, such as the apology of the Politiken newspaper in 2010, does nothing more than magnify the problem of admitting and imposing self-censorship. There is a great need to redefine what we call freedom of speech and make clear that respect and tolerance do not imply deprivation of our most basic...

Germenis Panagis | 05 June 2011

Quid Pro Quo in Turkey's South Caucasus Politics, Spring 2011

Quid Pro Quo in Turkey's South Caucasus Politics, Spring 2011

Turkey is one of the most dynamically developing states of Eurasia. No longer a passive respondent, it is firmly defining its priorities in this huge area while it revises the main directions of its foreign policy. Under the AKP, which came to power in 2002, Turkey has conducted a pragmatic foreign policy aimed exclusively at defending and satisfying the strategic interests of the Turkish state. This article focuses upon aspects of Turkey’s foreign policy as they relate to the current...

Gayane Novikova | 05 June 2011

Imagınıng a Post American World: The European Union as the New Super Power?, Spring 2011

Imagınıng a Post American World: The European Union as the New Super Power?, Spring 2011

Today a country seeking to fill the U.S.’ position has to have great influence, tremendous resources, a universal ideology and strong political will in order to succeed. The EU may be a regional power that is influential over Eurasia, yet in order to speak of the EU as a superpower, one has to qualify whether the EU displays an enormous economic-financial-industrial might, influential political leadership, and a military in possession of insurmountable technological capabilities.  ...

Ümit Kurt | 05 June 2011

From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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