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NATO's Future in Turkey's Neighborhood, Fall 2011

NATO's Future in Turkey's Neighborhood, Fall 2011

For this Fall 2011 issue of TPQ, we have centered the debate around security in Turkey’s neighborhood, with a particular focus on NATO’s role therein. In keeping with our 10-year track record of covering debates on Turkey’s neighborhood from diverse perspectives, in this issue, we reflect a wide spectrum of views on the region’s security challenges.   

Nigâr Göksel | 05 December 2011

Turkey and NATO's Approach to Cooperative Security, Fall 2011

Turkey and NATO's Approach to Cooperative Security, Fall 2011

The current security environment is defined with uncertainty. The risks are increased and threats are varied. NATO needs not only new 21st century capabilities but also new ways of thinking and working. It must be the primary forum for strategic debate among the allies; and in doing so, it must be remembered that building contacts with countries within and beyond Euro- Atlantic area and stronger relationships with all international organizations are more important...

İsmet Yılmaz | 05 December 2011

Turkey's Vibrant Export Trends, Fall 2011

Turkey's Vibrant Export Trends, Fall 2011

The Republic of Turkey is now only 12 years away from celebrating its 100th anniversary. On the journey that started with 50,000 dollars worth of exports in 1923, we are aiming to attain a value of 500 billion dollars by 2023, when Turkey is expected to become one of the 10 largest economies in the world with 25,000 dollars of income per capita… Turkey is positioned well against the possible volatilities in other regions. It has the potential to turn threats...

Zafer Çağlayan | 05 December 2011

Republican People's Party (CHP) on Turkey and NATO, Fall 2011

Republican People's Party (CHP) on Turkey and NATO, Fall 2011

NATO, with its array of hard, soft, and smart power assets possesses a huge potential for peace, security, and stability. This potential assumes additional significance in the context of widening national upheavals across many countries in the world, often entailing ethnic, sectarian, and tribal conflicts…CHP wants to see NATO as an alliance that provides equal benefits to its members. CHP also believes that all future interventions by NATO must be firmly based on...

Faruk Loğoğlu | 05 December 2011

Sustainable Security in the Middle East: NATO' Role?, Fall 2011

Sustainable Security in the Middle East: NATO' Role?, Fall 2011

The emergence of new concerns at national, regional and global levels on the sustainability of security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has been followed by development of new paradigms for tackling instability and insecurity at home, as well as, at our immediate neighborhood and at international arena. As for the Middle East, it seems that NATO has joined the regional countries to address pressing issues such as home security, human security, marine...

Mostafa Dolatyar | 05 December 2011

New Security Challenges and NATO's Future, Fall 2011

New Security Challenges and NATO's Future, Fall 2011

Attacks on NATO’s governments and their citizens are more likely these days to come in the form of electronic malware through fiber optic cables, or improvised explosive devices in mass transportation systems, or extreme weather conditions disrupting critical energy grids and infrastructure than in the form of tanks and infantry columns crossing NATO’s borders… The new security challenges will increasingly test NATO’s posture and...

Jamie Shea | 05 December 2011

NATO's Libya Test, Fall 2011

NATO's Libya Test, Fall 2011

NATO’s Strategic Concept, while in no way de-emphasizing expeditionary operations, put a greater focus on asymmetrical new threats (i.e. cyber, missile); Libya yanked the Alliance back to reality and demonstrated that it would be called on to fight conventional wars again sooner than anyone could have thought. Given the political strains and limited capacity demonstrated by Operation Unified Protector (OUP), without significant capability development (read...

Alex Tiersky | 05 December 2011

How the Arab Spring is Transforming Turkish American Relations, Fall 2011

How the Arab Spring is Transforming Turkish American Relations, Fall 2011

Once called the “Model Partnership,” the Turkey-U.S. relations were in a semi-crises mode by the time the Arab Spring began in the early months of 2011. Much of the initial optimism that was created following the mesmerizing bilateral visit by President Obama to Turkey was dented significantly by disagreements over various regional and conceptual issues between the two countries later on. By the beginning of 2011, the uprisings across the greater Middle...

İlhan Tanır | 05 December 2011

Lessons in Humility: Intervention from Sarajevo to Kabul, Fall 2011

Lessons in Humility: Intervention from Sarajevo to Kabul, Fall 2011

In 1995, some observers and policymakers might have expected that the international deployment in Bosnia would be an exceptional event. It soon became obvious, however, that Bosnia was only the first in a succession of ambitious military interventions and post-conflict missions: first in Kosovo (1999) and East Timor (1999), then, in Afghanistan (2001), and finally in Iraq (2003). It became commonplace to refer to all of these missions as if they were variations on...

Gerald Knaus | 05 December 2011

NATO-EU Cooperation and Turkey, Fall 2011

NATO-EU Cooperation and Turkey, Fall 2011

NATO-EU cooperation almost came to a halt after 2004. This article scrutinizes the evolution of NATO-EU cooperation and argues that the major problem with regard to this cooperation cooperation goes beyond the vetoes by Turkey and Cyprus. Rather, there is a deeper and historically embedded dynamic at play: the traditional divide between Europeanists and Transatlanticists and how this leads to a decoupling in NATO. An understanding on the part of the Europeanist...

Münevver Cebeci | 05 December 2011

Turkey as a NATO Partner: Reality vs. Rhetoric, Fall 2011

Turkey as a NATO Partner: Reality vs. Rhetoric, Fall 2011

This paper aims to provide a critical assessment of the rhetoric used by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) towards the United States and the NATO. In addition, the analysis aims to shed light on Turkish public opinion polls reflecting views about Turkey’s alliance with the West. The ultimate goal is to compare and contrast the rhetoric employed by the AKP vis-à-vis Turkey’s NATO membership and the decisions that it has actually taken in...

Yurter Özcan | 05 December 2011

Religion and Conflict: Radicalism and Violence in the North Caucasus, Fall 2011

Religion and Conflict: Radicalism and Violence in the North Caucasus, Fall 2011

Lately, the North Caucasus has become a major attraction point due to a great number of events and the worrisome trend in the region, with a big impact on the Russian Federation, on the one hand, and on the Wider Black Sea Region, on the other, as well as on the overall fight against terrorism. The themes surrounding this subject are various. One goal of this study is to supply a base of evolving information, ideas, and theories to give support to the evaluation of...

Iulian Chifu | 05 December 2011

Azerbaijan-Russia Relations after Five-Day War: Friendship, Enmity, or Pragmatism?, Fall 2011

Azerbaijan-Russia Relations after Five-Day War: Friendship, Enmity, or Pragmatism?, Fall 2011

Azerbaijan-Russia relations have experienced many ups and downs throughout the modern history of both countries, from closing of the borders and accusing each other of supporting separatism to cordial statement of strategic importance. Both countries, however, have been cautious not to cross the point of no return. Russia remains one of the most important economic and political partners of Azerbaijan. Nevertheless, some issues, such as Russia’s continued...

Anar Valiyev | 05 December 2011

The Struggle for Power in the Indo-Pacific, Fall 2011

The Struggle for Power in the Indo-Pacific, Fall 2011

For the foreseeable future, stability in the Indo-Pacific rests on the degree to which the United States continues to forward and base hundreds of thousands of its military forces, along with ships, submarines, and fighter planes. A precipitous U.S. withdrawal would certainly lead to unforeseen effects in a region rife with unresolved disputes and few mature working relationships. The result of a breakdown in relations would almost certainly cause economic...

Michael Auslin | 05 December 2011

Green Energy: Practice and Experiment in the Black Sea Region, Fall 2011

Green Energy: Practice and Experiment in the Black Sea Region, Fall 2011

This article presents a comparative analysis of Green Economy development in the Black Sea region in the context of global trends seeking to reduce fossil fuels exploration through expanding utilization of renewable sources of energy. A comparison is made between the state of renewables development in Germany and Turkey, and the wider Black Sea region countries of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, and Ukraine. In addition, the article brings into focus the impact of a...

Maria Beat and Violete Verikova | 05 December 2011

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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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