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NATO and the New Threats, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
During the Cold War Turkey played a vital role, as part of the NATO Alliance, in defending southern Europe. Cold war days are happily over, but not the challenges to the security. Terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction are the major...
The WTO System and the Promotion of Peace, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
In a world as uncertain as ours, we need to continually build a climate for peace. WTO’s contribution is best seen in creating a rules-based system to help trade flow smoothly and a constructive and fair process for countries dealing with...
The EU and NATO: The Nexus of European Security, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
The “European defense” project suffers from a number of limitations - not just a lack of adequate resources but also conceptual flaws. It is not yet clear what fundamental common interests the EU members wish to pursue through the Common...
Turkey's Policy Towards the Middle East and the Question of Iraq, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
The Middle East issue and the question of Iraq have increasing been the focus of attention in the international arena. In Turkey, the debate is even more relevant and intense because we happen to be in the immediate vicinity of these problems....
Turkey's Security Perspectives and Perceptions, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Turkey’s security perspectives can be analysed in terms of concentric circles. The nucleus is the Turkish domestic scene, followed by her immediate security environment comprised of neighbours. Then comes the broader geography consisting of...
Water and Turkish Security, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Over the past several years, as regional resources have declined in availability, hydro-politics has grown to dominate national security and strategic planning among countries in the Middle East. For Turkey, water is rapidly emerging as one of the...
Regional Security: An Iranian Perspective, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Regional security is important because we are living in a highly interdependent world and this interdependence is not just economic. Moreover there is an increasing insecurity in our region, which states and societies could not overcome just by...
The Cyprus Dilemma, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
By 28 February, the people of Cyprus on both sides of the Green Line, as well as those in the two mainlands of Greece and Turkey are going to decide whether to proceed with the peace plan designed by the United Nations or not. If either side rejects...
The Future of NATO, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
NATO has once again a vital role to play in the new era we are in, as the security organisation of choice. Therefore, it must maintain its effectiveness across the full spectrum of its missions ranging from collective defence to crisis management....
The EU and Turkey in European Security, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
The dangers confronting Europe today are less specific than during the cold war. Instability is the new threat and the existence of powerful international institutions is the main element against this new threat. In order to establish a post cold...
The Future of Iraq, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
This paper analyzes the implications of an ethnically divided Federation of Iraq. Regional implications, problems within “Kurdistan,” minority concerns and the revival of Islamism will be taken into consideration in analyzing security issues that...
Internationalism Versus Parochialism in the Era of Globalization: Can the EU Help the Search for Security?, Winter 2002Wednesday, February 5, 2003
The purpose of this paper is to describe internationalism and parochialism and link the impact of both using the examples provided by the European Union and the Middle East in a comparative manner. Then the role of public opinion with regard to...