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Across the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Summer 2011

Across the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Summer 2011

As global attention is focused on the Arab Spring, the Eastern neighborhood of Turkey and Europe risks being neglected. Inthis issue of TPQ, we focus on both the Black Sea and the Southern Mediterranean region, constructively exploring questions that relate to the stabilization and democratization of Turkey’s broader neighborhood.   

Nigâr Göksel | 05 September 2011

Turkey, the EU, and the European Neighborhood Policy, Summer 2011

Turkey, the EU, and the European Neighborhood Policy, Summer 2011

There is clear scope for Turkey and the EU to further develop cooperation and to intensify policy coordination in the Southern Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. The new Strategic Dialogue between the EU and Turkey will also play an important role in this regard. Closer policy coordination in this area will help bring Turkey and the EU even closer together and will improve the impact of our policies on our common neighborhood, to further our mutual interests.  

Stefan Füle | 05 September 2011

Central Asia, the Caucasus, and 21st Century Security, Summer 2011

Central Asia, the Caucasus, and 21st Century Security, Summer 2011

The Caucasus and Central Asia, where Eurasia joins South Asia and the Middle East, look vulnerable. Burdened by inadequate, but authoritarian governance, ethnic conflict, economic challenges, corruption, and other difficulties, none of the region’s states is succeeding. Cooperation among them is stunted, and global connections, except in energy, are little developed. New strategies are needed. These countries need to fashion more cooperative relations among themselves, and they need more...

Ross Wilson | 05 September 2011

The North Caucasus: A View from Tbilisi, Summer 2011

The North Caucasus: A View from Tbilisi, Summer 2011

This paper examines the causes behind the widespread and never ending violence in the North Caucasus which hinders the transformation of Russia into a modern democratic state and an inclusive nation. Furthermore, it concentrates on the trends originating in the North Caucasus due to the policies of central Russian authorities that are surpassing the regional dimension and posing a threat not only to Russian statehood, but also the security of the South Caucasus and Europe.  

Alexander Rondeli | 05 September 2011

Turkish Model For the Arab World?, Summer 2011

Turkish Model For the Arab World?, Summer 2011

A successful democratic transition requires not merely the change of elites at the helm of the state, but also a dismantlement of the authoritarian structures, establishment of democratic checks and balances, free media, effective political alternatives and building up of tolerance towards individual cultural and lifestyle choices of even those do not conform to the preferences of the majority. And herein lies the snag with the “Turkish model.”  

Eldar Mamedov and Viktor Makarov | 05 September 2011

Turkey and South Stream: Turco-Russian Rapprochement and the Future of the Southern Corridor, Summer 2011

Turkey and South Stream: Turco-Russian Rapprochement and the Future of the Southern Corridor, Summer 2011

Turkey and Russia have been engaged in what amounts to bargaining over the realization of a range of energy projects, which demarcate the contours of a grand energy package. Russia is keen to secure Turkey’s backing for its flagship South Stream gas pipeline project and this could give Ankara leverage in its negotiations with Moscow. The Russian authorities are also interested in the possibility of constructing an oil refinery and gas liquefaction plant at Ceyhan, building gas storage...

Cenk Sidar and Gareth Winrow | 05 September 2011

Rethinking the European Union's Economic Relations with the Mediterranean: A Historical Opportunity, Summer 2011

Rethinking the European Union's Economic Relations with the Mediterranean: A Historical Opportunity, Summer 2011

The article aims to provide an analysis of the current state of the European Union’s relations with the Mediterranean from a political economy perspective, and elaborates on the implications of the “Arab Spring” for the future of the European Union. After a brief history of the failure of the Barcelona Process, the first section discusses the main reasons why the political transformation in the southern Mediterranean presents a historical opportunity...

Aylin Yardımcı | 05 September 2011

Zero Problems with Neighbors: The Case of Georgia, Summer 2011

Zero Problems with Neighbors: The Case of Georgia, Summer 2011

Georgia and Turkey enjoy close ties and have smooth political relations. Turkey’s main concerns vis-à-vis Georgia are economy and trade links. Consequently, Turkey managed to replace Russia as Georgia’s biggest trade partner, citizens of Georgia can travel to Turkey without a need of visa, and Turkey attracts a large number of labor migrants coming mainly from Georgia’s impoverished countryside. However, so far Turkey has failed to formulate a policy that would fully...

Ivane Chkhikvadze | 05 September 2011

Turkey's Challenge to Realist World Order, Summer 2011

Turkey's Challenge to Realist World Order, Summer 2011

This paper analyzes Turkish foreign policy activism in recent years with reference to transformations at global, regional and societal levels. By dint of these changes, the paper argues that Turkey has become more able to pursue a value-based foreign policywhich prioritizes values over interests. Focusing on a set of policy issues, the paper also makes an assessment of sustainability of value-based Turkish foreign policy in a realist world order.  

Yunus Yılmaz | 05 September 2011

Turkey, Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot Political Parties: The Ephemeral Catalyst of EU?, Summer 2011

Turkey, Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot Political Parties: The Ephemeral Catalyst of EU?, Summer 2011

The article investigates Turkey’s impact on the Turkish Cypriot political parties before, during and after the Annan Plan referenda. It is argued that before the referenda on the “Annan Plan”, a variety of reasons (the most important being the strong prospects for Turkey’s EU candidacy) led Ankara to support a compromising solution to the Cyprus issue. In contrast, in the post-Annan era, the slower pace of Turkey’s EU integration as well as thestaggering...

George Kyris | 05 September 2011

Questioning Turkey's China Trade, Summer 2011

Questioning Turkey's China Trade, Summer 2011

Turkey’s current foreign policy is marked by a multidimensional and proactive stance with an emphasis on economic relations both at a bilateral and multilateral level. An important component of this new paradigm is improving relations with hitherto neglected regions, and China is in this sense one of the countries that has begun to loom large in Turkey’s foreign policy vision. This essay focuses on the economic relations between the two countries and suggests that four questions need...

Altay Atlı | 05 September 2011

The EU Accession: A Window of Opportunity for Local Authorities in Turkey, Summer 2011

The EU Accession: A Window of Opportunity for Local Authorities in Turkey, Summer 2011

This opinion piece aims to underline the potential importance of the European Union accession process for local authorities in Turkey. The EU accession process can be a window of opportunity for local politics in Turkey regardless of whether membership materializes. In other words, the EU integration process can be leveraged to consolidate local democracy and development in Turkey. Among many, Turkish local authorities are the primary actors in the position to take advantage of this opportunity...

İnan İzci | 05 September 2011

PISA 2009: Where does Turkey Stand?, Summer 2011

PISA 2009: Where does Turkey Stand?, Summer 2011

The dependency ratio (the ratio of the number of children and the elderly to the number of the working-age people) is decreasing significantly in Turkey, offering a very important opportunity for the country to accelerate its socio-economic development. Yet, the opportunity will not last forever: it is expected to close around 2020. The best instrument in the hands of Turkey to turn this opportunity to a real advantage is improving the quality of education of its education services. The results...

Aytuğ Şaşmaz and Nihan Köseleci Blanchy | 05 September 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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