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Foreword, Summer 2015

Foreword, Summer 2015

This issue of TPQ comes to you at the end of a tumultuous summer for Turkey and the region. The June 7 parliamentary elections seemed to herald the beginning of a new era; the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) passed the 10 percent election threshold and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its absolute majority, forcing it to engage in coalition talks for the first time in its 13-year rule. With the breakdown of coalition talks, widely attributed...

Turkish Policy Quarterly | 14 September 2015

Monaco: A Distinctive, Enduring Model, Summer 2015

Monaco: A Distinctive, Enduring Model, Summer 2015

As a model for economic, cultural and social stability in an otherwise tumultuous world, the Principality of Monaco is constantly evolving and improving. In this article, Monaco’s Minister of State delves into what makes Monaco a distinctive state model from a political economy point of view – its favorable social polities, economy, tourism sector, and demographics. The author outlines an “attractiveness” approach, which is predicated on...

Michel Roger | 14 September 2015

Interview with Amos Hochstein: Energy Security, Russia, & the LNG Boom, Summer 2015

Interview with Amos Hochstein: Energy Security, Russia, & the LNG Boom, Summer 2015

In an exclusive interview with TPQ, the US Secretary of State’s Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein elaborates on a range of issues related to the changing global energy landscape, from the containment of Russian’s energy dominance to the emergence of the US as a significant exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In discussing the importance of diversification, Hochstein emphasizes that ultimately any new pipeline carrying Russian...

Amos Hochstein | 14 September 2015

Advanced Manufacturing as the Key to Sustainability, Summer 2015

Advanced Manufacturing as the Key to Sustainability, Summer 2015

The last decade has demonstrated Turkey’s growing political and economic influence as a 21st-century power amidst regional headwinds and geopolitical challenges. Maintaining momentum to achieve sustainable growth is a priority of policymakers and business leaders; how Turkey will achieve this remains an important question. Establishing a robust advanced manufacturing base is an essential component to enhancing Turkey’s global competitiveness and to...

İhsan Necipoğlu | 14 September 2015

Hacking the Wealth of Nations: Managing Markets Amid Malware, Summer 2015

Hacking the Wealth of Nations: Managing Markets Amid Malware, Summer 2015

Cybersecurity has become a major problem in the political management of global economic activities. This article examines how cybersecurity emerged as a challenge in global political economy. The post-Cold War global spread of the Internet and digital technologies happened largely without companies and countries worrying about threats to information, software, and network security. However, as dependence on cyber technologies grew and as conditions in...

David P. Fidler | 14 September 2015

The US, the EU, and Turkey: Now What?, Summer 2015

The US, the EU, and Turkey: Now What?, Summer 2015

Having failed to get the results he wanted in the June 7 parliamentary elections, President Erdoğan went to war, hoping the AKP can ride a wave of rally-roundthe-flag-ism to return his party back to a majority in new elections on November 1st. In this article, the authors take stock of the tumultuous events of the summer of 2015, arguing that Erdoğan has demonstrated a renewed determination to go to any lengths to secure his grip on – and even enhance –...

Nate Schenkkan & David J. Kramer | 14 September 2015

Cleaning Up World Soccer Governance, Summer 2015

Cleaning Up World Soccer Governance, Summer 2015

World soccer’s massive corruption and governance scandal which broke out at the end of May 2015, the worst in the 111-year history of global soccer body FIFA, has highlighted fundamental political and structural issues that go far beyond the financial corruption focus of US and Swiss investigations and the group’s feeble attempts at reform. The author argues that at the core of world soccer’s problems there is a long-standing and entrenched system...

James M. Dorsey | 14 September 2015

A Holistic Model to Empower Humanity, Summer 2015

A Holistic Model to Empower Humanity, Summer 2015

Most politicians polarize society through the direction, the values, and the words they use; in other words, they do not unite. Instead, they play up ethnic, religious, and nationalist sentiments, as well as other concepts that can be easily inflamed, in order to ensure specific voting outcomes. This process summarizes a violent vicious cycle that has been in use for centuries. In this article, the author lays out a vision for a holistic model that combines a...

D. Hakan Habip | 14 September 2015

Coal’s Not Cool: Energy & Turkey’s Reputation, Summer 2015

Coal’s Not Cool: Energy & Turkey’s Reputation, Summer 2015

At the 2015 global climate summit in Paris this December, the world’s leaders will not only decide on international climate policy. Fighting climate change necessitates a de-carbonization of energy systems. Leaders will thus also decide about the world’s energy future. In this article, the author argues that in the medium and long run, the increasing socioeconomic impacts of climate change will intensify the pressure for Turkey to adopt a serious...

Jörn Richert | 14 September 2015

Turkey’s Visa Policy: A Migration-Mobility Nexus, Summer 2015

Turkey’s Visa Policy: A Migration-Mobility Nexus, Summer 2015

Visa policy is an inherent component of migration management systems and visas are tools for controlling and facilitating entry and admission. However, within the context of modern migration management systems, the blatant emphasis on “control or prevention” sometimes shades over other functions of visa policies such as promoting human mobility especially for the countries where the visa is solely used for short term mobility. In this article, the author...

Meral Açıkgöz | 14 September 2015

Can Turkey Foster Regional Stability Under UNCLOS?, Summer 2015

Can Turkey Foster Regional Stability Under UNCLOS?, Summer 2015

The United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is nothing less than one of the most effectual peace instruments regulating the largest space on this planet. As Turkey did not accede to UNCLOS, an unclear legal environment exists wherein both Turkey and the international community feel uncomfortable. The developments of customary international law of the sea apply towards Turkey despite the rejection of UNCLOS. This paper describes particular...

Julian Kubilay Falkenberg | 14 September 2015

How Far Is Turkey From a Mearsheimerian Tragedy?, Summer 2015

How Far Is Turkey From a Mearsheimerian Tragedy?, Summer 2015

John Mearsheimer’s offensive realism has come to describe and analyze regional powers’ dilemmas before the challenge of regional leadership. Considering the vicious circle of states’ behavior throughout history, the American scholar identified this process as a tragedy leading continuously to balances and counterbalances. In this regard, international anarchy and the uncertainty about their competitors’ intentions urge states to care about...

Markos Troulis | 14 September 2015

Carbon Emissions Development in China, Summer 2015

Carbon Emissions Development in China, Summer 2015

In 2011, China chose to apply emissions trading as one of the major approaches to decarbonize its electricity sector, recognizing the scale of the challenges of its fast-growing electricity demand and reliance on coal. Piloting emissions trading in selected regions and sectors is the first step in achieving the goal of scaling up to a nation-wide program. China’s emissions trading pilot programs are significant in terms of the size of covered emission and...

Maosheng Duan, Qian Wu, & Rıza Kadılar | 14 September 2015

BOOK REVIEW - Thieves Of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

BOOK REVIEW - Thieves Of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Sarah Chayes’ Thieves of State makes a novel and provocative argument for why governments must pay greater attention to acute corruption, by linking corruption with violent extremism. Chayes argues that acute corruption, manifested in the form of kleptocracies, delegitimizes governments in the eyes of regular citizens, and also increases the risk of disgruntled citizens forming or joining violent extremist groups. In order to test her argument, Chayes...

Varun Piplani | 14 September 2015

TPQ EVENT ANALYSIS - Turkey’s Social Media Landscape

TPQ EVENT ANALYSIS - Turkey’s Social Media Landscape

On 19 March 2015, Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) convened a panel discussion on social media freedoms in Turkey as part of a multi-pronged project supported by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, titled the “State of Democracy in Turkey.” The panel brought together policymakers, diplomats, academics, journalists, civil society representatives, and students from Kadir Has University for an open discussion about the status of...

Turkish Policy Quarterly | 14 September 2015

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