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From the Desk of the EditorMonday, June 27, 2016
This issue of TPQ takes stock of important geopolitical shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean region, from the exploitation of newly discovered energy resources and emerging regional alliances to conflict resolution efforts and migration flows. While...
Emerging Security Challenges in NATO’s South: How Can the Alliance Respond?Monday, June 27, 2016
Given the complexity and diversity of the security environment in NATO’s South, the Alliance must adopt a multi-dimensional approach that seeks to project stability through a range of different tools. Among them that the author highlights are...
The Eastern Mediterranean VortexTuesday, June 28, 2016
In important ways, the future of the international security order is being shaped in the Eastern Mediterranean. A marginal theater during the Cold War, the region has been a center of episodic crises against a backdrop of multiple unresolved disputes...
Turkey’s Loaded Discussion on System Change: Presidentialism vs. ParliamentarismMonday, June 27, 2016
Turkey is currently embroiled in a heated domestic debate about transitioning from a parliamentary system to a presidential system.There are deep divisions among both Turkey’s political class and different segments of society about the proposed...
The Reinvention of Jihadism in the Middle EastTuesday, June 28, 2016
The future of jihadism in the Middle East is looking bright. Indeed, a threshold appears to have been crossed whereby the response to the mounting jihadist threat perpetuates and exacerbates the very causes of the phenomenon in a self-reinforcing...
Cyprus Settlement Negotiations: From Euphoria to RealityTuesday, June 28, 2016
UN-backed inter-communal negotiations aimed at resolving the anomalous political situation in Cyprus have been going on intermittently for over 50 years now. In the last decade, the parties’ appeared to have come close to a settlement on the...
Pivoting Energy Relations in the Eastern MediterraneanMonday, June 27, 2016
Italian energy firm Eni’s discovery of the Zohr natural gas field in Egypt in late 2015 may prove a boon to Turkey’s long-term goal of serving as an energy transit country. If the Egyptian market is saturated, Israel and Cyprus will be...
The Case of the Chemicals Industry & the Modern Industrial EconomyMonday, June 27, 2016
The chemicals industry plays a vital role in the modern industrial economy. The materials it develops and manufactures go into a truly astonishing range of products that we all use every day. From packaging to containers, footwear to personal health,...
Turkey Needs a New Social ContractMonday, June 27, 2016
Turkey needs a new social contract to reverse economic slowdown, social polarization, internecine violence, and diplomatic isolation. The insistence on a presidential system, and the consequent failure of cross-party panels in 2013 and 2016 to draft...
Changing Military Balances in the Eastern Mediterranean: Implications for TurkeyMonday, June 27, 2016
It is a commonly held conviction among the Turks that the Russian leaders since Peter the Great have always desired access to the “warm waters” of the Mediterranean. By the same token, such a Russian move to the South would certainly be...
Cyber Power in the Changing Middle EastTuesday, June 28, 2016
Cyberspace is a man-made environment; it can be disassembled, remodelled, and perhaps destroyed, at least temporarily and within spatial limits. “Cyber war” is a common term, but it generally misleads more than it illuminates. Professor...
Issues in Turkey’s Post-Soviet PolicyMonday, June 27, 2016
Turkey may feel comfortable in its position of regional power. However, this rise requires that Ankara direct its attention to the post-Soviet area. Traditional rivalry with Russia and normalization of relations in the Caucasus region will present...
Tackling the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Prospects & ChallengesTuesday, June 28, 2016
The refugee crisis in the Middle East requires our most urgent attention. Although it has been five years since the start of the war in Syria and the beginning of the displacement of people, there still does not seem to be a clear solution. Refugee...
This issue was published in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Turkey Office.
From the Desk of the Editor TPQ’s Fall 2019 issue, published in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, titled Populism and the Age of Upheaval, examines the rise of populism and its impact on the international order – from governance issues to the environment to gender ideology. Since 2016, the world has been monitoring and trying to forecast the turnout of a series of events that started with...
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