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Turkey and its Neighborhood: Trending East or West?, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
In this issue of TPQ, we explore the different factors affecting a  push and pull  of forces between  East and  West, as experienced on Europe’s periphery. Besides dissecting schisms between East and West, we also examine...
Interview with Mikheil Saakashvili: Georgia's Westward March, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Georgia’s geographic location can also be seen as a chance, as a gateway for European influence towards Asia and a pivotal element of an East-West corridor that is decisive for Europe in terms of energy transit obviously, but in many other ways...
Ukraine in a Broader Transatlantic Context, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
In 2013 Ukraine holds the OSCE chairmanship. Ukraine considers this as an important opportunity to make a solid contribution to strengthening security and promoting stability from Vancouver to Vladivostok. As OSCE Chair, Ukraine looks forward to...
Between Rhetoric and Reality: Turkey’s Foreign Policy, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Turkey’s relationship with the U.S. seems firmly cemented on a leadership level, but Turkey’s bid to join its neighbors in the West –the European Union– is not flourishing. The EU has recently taken proactive steps as a way to...
Erdoğan and His Armenian Problem, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
This article examines the history of how Turkish leaders –the current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in particular– have tried to deal with the Armenian Question.  Erdoğan,  due  to  his  own  political...
The New Dimensions of Russia’s Geopolitical Code, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The debate of whether Russia belongs to the European civilization has been a long-running one. Russian elites have traditionally held that Russia should follow the European track of development, while the masses have held rather anti-Western views....
The Iranian Revolution and Political Realism, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
While there have been junctures over the past couple of decades at which one would have expected Tehran and Washington to resume diplomatic ties, for reasons rooted in Iran’s internal political infighting as well as the interests of other...
The Obama - Erdoğan Partnership over Syria: Advancing Western Values?, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Two years into the Syrian Civil War, the U.S. and Turkey have been closely coordinating their efforts to bring about regime change in Damascus. But this policy of regime change in a neighboring country is fraught with grave dangers both for Turkey...
Armenia’s Choice – Will it be Russia or the EU? And Why it Should Matter to the West, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
President Serzh Sargysan has been pursuing a multi-vector policy between Europe and Russia, but he will soon have to make a choice. Since the presidential elections in February 2013, internal pressure on the president has been mounting. The...
The Upheavals in Libya and Syria, and Their Impact on “Responsibility to Protect” Doctrine, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Arab Spring offers a unique prism to look into the changing status quo in world affairs and the role of UN Security Council. The broad international consensus on the threat of atrocity crimes in Libya allowed, for a short period, to further the...
Hatay: The Syrian Crisis and a Case of Turkish Economic Resilience, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Turkey’s southern province of Hatay has been deeply affected by the turmoil in Syria since April 2011. But, remarkably, despite damage in some areas, and new tensions after border car bombings in early 2013, Hatay’s story is still...
The End of Turkey’s Europeanization?, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Turkey’s Europeanization process has lost its dynamism since late 2005 at least partly because of the EU’s ambiguous attitude toward Turkish membership, which damaged the EU’s credibility and therefore the legitimacy underpinning...
A More “Virtual” Turkey? Globalization, Europe, and the Quest for a Multi-Track Foreign Policy, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Turkish foreign policy is assertive, active and even overly proactive in some areas. It has a substantial soft-power contribution to stability, with an important economic dimension. The politics of identity pursued by AKP, revolving around...
“Us versus Them, Over and Over Again…?” National Identity Contestation in Turkey’s EU Stalemate, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
This article argues that a central reason for Turkey’s EU stalemate can be located in domestic debates over what constitutes an appropriate definition of Turkish national identity. Three oft-cited understandings of Turkish identity...
Turkish Migration Policy over the Last Decade: A Gradual Shift Towards Better Management and Good Governance, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The EU integration process and single party rule have been instrumental in the past decade of Turkey’s migration policy reforms. However, related changes started before AKP rule, and have continued beyond the period in which the EU process had...
Turkey’s Integrated Border Management Strategy, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
This article assesses Turkey’s integrated border management strategy in the course of its EU accession process. When considering Turkey’s border management, the issue is not only Turkey’s integration with the EU, but also how...
Changing Diaspora Politics of Turkey and Public Diplomacy, Spring 2013Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Turkey’s policies towards Turkish citizens who emigrated to Europe as guest workers from the early 1960s onwards incurred a first phase of change in the early 1980s. Another change of policy has been marked in the past decade, with the Turkish...
From the Desk of the Editor TPQ’s Winter issue examines global trade dynamics—from US-China tensions to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to US tariff threats towards the EU. Chief among the issues generating a high degree of economic uncertainty is the US-China trade conflict and the magnitude of the emerging global fallout. Major changes are already afoot—namely a shift...
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