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From the Desk of the EditorFriday, December 11, 2015
With the inauguration of my first editorial for TPQ’s 55th issue, I would be remiss not to acknowledge Nigar Göksel’s 13-year tenure as Editor in Chief. Under her direction, TPQ has evolved into a strong platform for constructive and...
Interview with Jens Stoltenberg: NATO-Russia Relations & Regional InstabilityFriday, December 11, 2015
Given that NATO has been bolstering its defenses along its eastern frontier and Russia has similarly ramped up its military exercises, what is the risk of provoking tensions that could threaten European security? Russia has used force to change...
The Separation of Church and State Under the “Islamist Protocol”Friday, December 11, 2015
With the dramatic uptick of Islamist terror attacks all across the world and with the ever-increasing, so-called “home-grown” terrorism, Western public opinion is more and more drawn to the traditional “Church and State”...
NATO: An Alliance in the Midst of Information WarsSunday, December 13, 2015
Hybrid warfare was widely accepted as a concept in 2005 with the publication of Frank Hoffman’s paper “Conflict in the 21st Century: The Rise of Hybrid Wars.” Hoffman defines hybrid threats as: “Any adversary that...
Hybrid War & the Eastern Partnership: Waiting for a Correlation Sunday, December 13, 2015
The Ukrainian crisis has popularized the use of hybrid warfare terminology, both in expert and public discourse. While discussions are ongoing – whether it is a new type of war in opposition to conventional warfare or an extension of old...
TANAP and the Semi-Encirclement of Iran: Progress and Paradoxes in Turkey’s Energy DiplomacySunday, December 13, 2015
The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) is a cornerstone of Turkey’s energy diplomacy and Ankara’s answer to the strategic paradox that 56.7 percent of Turkey’s natural gas comes from one of its principal geopolitical...
Turkey’s Natural Gas Strategy: Balancing Geopolitical Goals & Market RealitiesSunday, December 13, 2015
Though it is a rapidly growing emerging market, Turkey lacks indigenous reserves of the world’s two crucial fossil fuel sources, namely oil and natural gas. As a result, the country is highly dependent on imports to meet its demand (the country...
Regional Implications of the Al Qaeda-ISIL StruggleSunday, December 13, 2015
Until the 1980s, the jihadist movement was dominated by local power struggles between jihadist groups and the local“infidel governments” – as in the cases of Jama’at al-Muslimin (Society of Muslims) founded by Shukri Ahmad...
Disrupting ISIL GovernanceSunday, December 13, 2015
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept throughout the major parts of Sunni-populated areas of Iraq in June 2014. A wide US-led coalition against ISIL, formed in September 2014 and now consisting of more than 60 countries, began to...
Where is the Black Sea Region in Turkey’s Foreign Policy?Sunday, December 13, 2015
With the longest shoreline among all the Black Sea littoral states, Turkey’s outlook towards the Black Sea region is greatly preconditioned by its historical background. For centuries, starting from the conquest of Crimea in 1475 up to 1774...
The Leadership Landscape in the MediterraneanSunday, December 13, 2015
The current political discourse in the Mediterranean is shaped by two major developments: the Arab Spring (in which this article includes the Gezi Park protests that occurred in Turkey in 2013) and the economic crisis in the Euro-Med zone. Although...
TPQ Event Analysis: Regional Natural Gas Game-Changers: Securing Supplies amid VolatilitySunday, December 13, 2015
On 14 October 2015, Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) organized its sixth annual energy geopolitics roundtable titled, “Regional Natural Gas Game-Changers: Securing Supplies amid Volatility.” Barçın Yinanç, the op-ed editor of...
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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