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Can Turkey Rebound to Achieve its 2023 Targets?, Summer 2013

Can Turkey Rebound to Achieve its 2023 Targets?, Summer 2013

The year 2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic. The government has set this fast-approaching date as the deadline for many financial, political, and social targets. In this issue of TPQ, we focus on the complex and interrelated challenges Turkey faces in the decade ahead to fulfill its centennial goals.    

Nigâr Göksel | 05 September 2013

An Evaluation of Turkey’s 2023 Targets from the Private Sector Perspective, Summer 2013

An Evaluation of Turkey’s 2023 Targets from the Private Sector Perspective, Summer 2013

The year 2023 will mark the centennial of the Turkish Republic. The government has set an ambitious economic goal for this date: for Turkey to become the 10th largest global economy. However, this is easier said than done. In this article, the challenges that Turkey may face in achieving this target are discussed and a perspective on the private sector’s contribution to this process is presented. The author argues that Turkey can only achieve its goals for 2023 and beyond if it emerges as...

Rahmi M. Koç | 05 September 2013

Gender Equality and Turkey’s 2023 Goals, Summer 2013

Gender Equality and Turkey’s 2023 Goals, Summer 2013

This article provides an overview of Turkey’s recent developments in combating violence against women, as well as in gender equality in education, labor force participation, and politics. The author presents a set of suggestions related to legislation and implementation for each topic addressed. She also argues that, as important as legislation is for improving women’s rights, on its own it is not sufficient for achieving gender equality. Gender equality requires Turkey’s...

Emine Bozkurt | 05 September 2013

The Environmental Role of Turkey in the Mediterranean over the Next 10 Years, Summer 2013

The Environmental Role of Turkey in the Mediterranean over the Next 10 Years, Summer 2013

In the Mediterranean –more than anywhere else– engagement in ecological transition is necessary. Turkey can play a decisive role by virtue of its geography and history, which provide it the capacity of having its voice heard in Asia, Africa, and Europe alike. The various international environmental initiatives hosted in Turkey over the last few years, as well as the highly determined standpoints of Turkish leaders, prove that this country is eager to play a stronger role in the major...

Bernard Fautrier | 05 September 2013

The Indispensable Role of Education for the Centennial Goals of the Turkish Republic, Summer 2013

The Indispensable Role of Education for the Centennial Goals of the Turkish Republic, Summer 2013

Turkey demonstrated remarkable economic performance over the last decade. In order to meet the goals set for 2023, however, the Turkish economy must shift to a new paradigm in which human capital is the main driver of technological advancement and economic development. As figures show, the quality of a country’s education system plays a major role in that country’s economic performance, including GDP. As Turkey still remains far behind OECD levels in education, Turkish policy makers...

Üstün Ergüder | 05 September 2013

“Why Istanbul Now?” Turkey’s Bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralmypic Games, Summer 2013

“Why Istanbul Now?” Turkey’s Bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralmypic Games, Summer 2013

Istanbul has been a physical and philosophical bridge for millennia. The needs of the city and the capacity of the nation have never been more closely aligned with the demands of hosting the Games and the vision of the Olympic Movement. If Istanbul was to host the Games, for the first time in Olympic history the world’s premier event would be staged in a country where 50 percent of the population is under-25. The region’s first Olympic and Paralympic Games will have an unparalleled...

Hasan Arat | 05 September 2013

Building a Modern Global Economy in a Century, Summer 2013

Building a Modern Global Economy in a Century, Summer 2013

Turkey has set ambitious goals and targets for 2023. The most popular of these is to rank among the world’s 10 biggest economies. For this objective to be met, there are several key economic, social, and political conditions that must be fulfilled. Turkey will have to grow on average eight percent per annum. For this objective to be met, there are several key economic, social, and political conditions that must be fulfilled. In the economic sphere, maintaining a high investment to GDP...

Tayfun Bayazıt | 05 September 2013

Turkey and Regional Energy Security on the Road to 2023, Summer 2013

Turkey and Regional Energy Security on the Road to 2023, Summer 2013

The vision of being a top-10 economy in the world by 2023 implies that Turkey will undertake a remarkable economic transformation in the years to come. Supplying sustainable oil and gas for its booming economy over the coming decades will be one of Turkey’s greatest challenges. As a result of its geopolitical environment, Turkey faces many important challenges and opportunities related to energy. Of these, the Southern Gas Corridor is most likely close to the top of the list. BP and its...

Bud E. Fackrell | 05 September 2013

Turkey’s Health Care Reform: The 2023 Challenge, Summer 2013

Turkey’s Health Care Reform: The 2023 Challenge, Summer 2013

Turkey is at the vanguard of a global trend of implementing universal health coverage. Building on that leadership position, Prime Minister Erdoğan has set a goal for Turkey to become a global leader in the delivery of health services over the next decade. A key element of developing the health care market in Turkey is expanding the country’s biopharmaceutical sector. For Turkey to meet its health care objectives, it needs to maintain a public policy environment that ensures adequate...

Rod Hunter | 05 September 2013

Action, Space, and Innovation: The Next Decade of the Third Sector in Turkey, Summer 2013

Action, Space, and Innovation: The Next Decade of the Third Sector in Turkey, Summer 2013

Looking at the current plight of some emerging market countries, the economic boom they experience brings with it challenges such as massive urban migration, unemployment, and environmental degradation. Given this scenario, how ready and willing are citizens and non-governmental organizations, including philanthropic foundations, to ensure balanced, sustainable growth and better lives in Turkey? How much will the Turkish government allow, and perhaps even incentivize, these contributions? What...

Filiz Bikmen | 05 September 2013

Why Turkey Should Aim for 100% Renewable Energy?, Summer 2013

Why Turkey Should Aim for 100% Renewable Energy?, Summer 2013

Turkey should change its energy policy to simply optimize energy consumption by supporting energy efficiency, give up on supporting environmentally hazardous energy generation such as nuclear, coal, or shale gas, and aim for 100 percent renewable energy. This will help relieve the economy by reducing energy importation, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and provide energy independence which is a national security matter. Turkey can set a great example in the global energy...

H. Serhan Süzer | 05 September 2013

Possible Turkish-Chinese Partnership on a New Silk Road Renaissance by 2023, Summer 2013

Possible Turkish-Chinese Partnership on a New Silk Road Renaissance by 2023, Summer 2013

As two ancient civilizations historically bonded by trade, culture, and strategic thinking, Turkey and China are at the crossroads of an epochal shift at the beginning of the 21st century. China is pursuing a “China Dream” of renaissance in the coming years under President Xi Jinping, while Turkey is seeking to achieve its goals for the 100th anniversary of the Republic in 2023. As the world is rebalancing amidst monumental changes and as Eurasia becomes much more economically and...

Rıza Kadılar & Andrew K. P. Leung | 05 September 2013

Ten Global Brands by 2023: A Sweet Fantasy?, Summer 2013

Ten Global Brands by 2023: A Sweet Fantasy?, Summer 2013

Over the past decade, ambitious bureaucrats in Ankara have pledged bold goals. Many observers saw these as mere fantasy. In 2012, the mixing of economic and geostrategic aspirations in the same pot was introduced to the Turkish public as the “2023 vision”. This article analyzes one of the ambitious 2023 targets: having 10 Turkish-owned global brands. On its path to create global brands Turkey will have to address the challenges which today’s developed countries have faced in...

Ergin Hava | 05 September 2013

Growth and the Future of Southeast Europe, Summer 2013

Growth and the Future of Southeast Europe, Summer 2013

After a decade of remarkable growth rates, the region of Southeast Europe was severely affected by the euro area fiscal and economic crises. The decreased international interest in this region does not depend entirely on the lack of global finances, rather on the structural problems of these small economies. The answer to this vicious cycle of economic recession, unemployment, and poverty lies in a new growth model based on regional economic integration, to enhance sustainable, inclusive, and...

Valbona Zeneli | 05 September 2013

Greek-Turkish Rapprochement and Turkey’s EU Membership Quest: Turning Rhetoric into Reality, Summer 2013

Greek-Turkish Rapprochement and Turkey’s EU Membership Quest: Turning Rhetoric into Reality, Summer 2013

The rapprochement between Greece and Turkey that was initiated at the end of the 1990s has managed to contribute not only to the maintenance of peace and stability in this particular hot-spot of Southeast Europe but has also resulted in the enhancement of Turkey’s European Union (EU) accession quest. This article holds that this achievement is a result of the political and socio-economic capital that has been accumulated during this process. It is argued that the continuation of this...

George Koukoudakis | 05 September 2013

Does the Doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) Apply in Syria?, Summer 2013

Does the Doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) Apply in Syria?, Summer 2013

As revolutions sweeping over the Arab world reshape geopolitical arrangements and foreign policy, the international community is debating the rules of a possible humanitarian intervention in Syria. They have been watching, mostly on the sidelines, as the conflict devolves into a confused mess of guerrilla fighting that has ripped the small country at its seams. Reports of rampant human rights abuses, use of chemical weapons, and massacres of civilians have forced the world to ask: is...

Akshan de Alwis | 05 September 2013

New Challenges and Opportunities in a Dynamic Region: The 2012 Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Summer 2013

New Challenges and Opportunities in a Dynamic Region: The 2012 Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Summer 2013

The Atlantic Council organized its annual Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul in November 2012, for the third time. It brought together top-level business, government, and NGO leaders from 37 countries, including CEOs, ministers and media representatives reporting worldwide on the news-making discussions regarding the challenges affecting Eurasia and the world. The Summit hosted lively debates on the future role of the U.S. in the region under the second term of Obama leadership and the...

David Koranyi | 05 September 2013

TPQ Roundtable: The Evolving Relations of Turkey and Israel, Summer 2013

TPQ Roundtable: The Evolving Relations of Turkey and Israel, Summer 2013

On 2 July 2013, Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) hosted a roundtable discussion titled “The Evolving Relations of Turkey and Israel”. The roundtable aimed to foster debate from diverse perspectives on the evolution of bilateral relations and the prospects of cooperation in the “post-apology” period. This analysis reviews the main arguments and points made by the speakers and participants.    

Turkish Policy Quarterly | 05 September 2013

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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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