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From the Desk of the Editor

From the Desk of the Editor

Since the last issue of TPQ, Turkey and its people have weathered a major assault on its fundamental freedoms. The botched coup attempt on 15 July 2016 – which Ankara accuses US-based cleric Fetullah Gülen and his network of orchestrating – marks a significant turning point in the country’s history and one which will have far-reaching implications for Turkey’s political and social fabric, foreign policy, economy, and its relationship with the Euro-Atlantic...

Süreya Martha Köprülü | 23 September 2016

Overview of the Turkish Economy after July 15th

Overview of the Turkish Economy after July 15th

While the 15 July 2016 attempted coup presented a major attack to the Turkish Republic, the economic fallout will be limited and short-term. The unanimous solidarity demonstrated against the coup-plotters has strengthened the country’s resolve and reinjected confidence into the economy. Assessing Turkey’s economic trajectory in the post July 15th climate, the author argues that the country will continue to be attractive to investors, projects and reforms will go forward, and exports...

Nihat Zeybekci | 23 September 2016

Escaping Mediocrity: Turkey at an Economic & Political Juncture

Escaping Mediocrity: Turkey at an Economic & Political Juncture

In the aftermath of the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016, Turkey stands at a critical political and economic crossroads. In this article, the author explains that political risks, including increasing polarization and the endangerment of democratic principles, are exacerbating weaknesses and undermining Turkey’s long-term economic prospects. In particular, the Turkish economy is suffering from its dependence on foreign funds, unemployment, inflation, and a decline in administrative...

Selin Sayek Böke | 23 September 2016

Industry 4.0: Increasing Women’s Participation in the Workforce

Industry 4.0: Increasing Women’s Participation in the Workforce

In this article, the author refrains from repeating the obvious in terms of statistics and problems on the ground. As a business person and an industrialist leading both national and international operations and investments in a male-dominated sector, and also a firm believer in civil society and its transformative power, the author attempts to explain the challenges related to women’s participation in the workforce based on her perceptions and experiences. As a keen follower of global...

Zeynep Bodur Okyay | 23 September 2016

Brexit: An Opportunity for a Stronger TTIP

Brexit: An Opportunity for a Stronger TTIP

TTIP is expected to shape global trade rules. In spite of pessimistic speculations, negotiations between the EU and the US on this comprehensive and ambitious deal continue, with the aim to conclude it by the end of 2016. The Brexit decision added another layer of uncertainty to this highly complex framework. This article argues that the British referendum presents an opportunity to restart an in-depth discussion of “the open architecture” of TTIP. The policy paper on TTIP’s...

Tarkan Kadooğlu | 23 September 2016

Active Citizenship & Political Movements in Europe: The Evolution of Political Representation

Active Citizenship & Political Movements in Europe: The Evolution of Political Representation

In recent times, Europe has seen a rise in active citizenship, coupled with support at the ballot box for political movements. This reflects a need for traditional political parties to respond to citizens’ calls for better forms of political representation. The practices employed by political movements to engage with active citizenship, including their use of technology, can help established political forces regain the trust of citizens. This article analyzes the problems underlying...

Yves Leterme & Sam van der Staak | 23 September 2016

Energy Security, Climate Change & Sustainable Development

Energy Security, Climate Change & Sustainable Development

The 2008 financial crisis highlighted key faults in the international system, while also presenting an opportunity for the search of a new paradigm with sustainable development at the core. Within the framework of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, the author explores the dynamics between robust economic growth and energy sustainability. Switching to low carbon economic models, investing in renewables, and maximizing nuclear...

Mithat Rende | 23 September 2016

Could Turkey Become a New Energy Trade Hub in South East Europe?

Could Turkey Become a New Energy Trade Hub in South East Europe?

Is Turkey an important energy transit country, or rather is it an energy trade hub? In order to answer this question, it is prudent to differentiate between Turkey's role in the oil versus natural gas sectors. Regarding oil, Turkey serves as an important transit country due to the Straits and the two major oil pipelines crossing the country, namely Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Kirkuk-Ceyhan. In natural gas, however, Turkey has a more significant role to play between the East and the...

Ünal Çeviköz | 23 September 2016

Women’s Economic Empowerment for a Sustainable Future

Women’s Economic Empowerment for a Sustainable Future

Looking around us we simply cannot ignore the fact that women-related issues have come to the forefront more than ever, whether it is the establishment of the W20 within the G20, under the Turkish G20 Presidency, women-related Sustainable Development Goals spearheaded by the UN and an increasing amount of gender-related policies and regulations around the globe. This is happening because private, public, and civil sectors are slowly coming to the realization, although slower in practice than in...

Özlem Denizmen | 23 September 2016

Can Resolving Cyprus Hold the Key to Regional Energy Cooperation?

Can Resolving Cyprus Hold the Key to Regional Energy Cooperation?

This article examines the relationship between the recent discoveries of hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean and the resolution of the long-standing division of Cyprus. The relationship is examined from two different perspectives: whether the findings can become a catalyst to resolving the problem, and conversely whether a possible resolution can provide the impetus for regional cooperation on the basis of energy-related considerations. We argue that, while both causal pathways...

Constantinos Adamides & Odysseas Christou | 23 September 2016

Rapid Developments in East Med Gas

Rapid Developments in East Med Gas

The Eastern Mediterranean has been blessed with a number of major gas discoveries over the last few years, and it is attracting considerable interest from international oil and gas companies. These gas discoveries have raised expectations significantly and will have a major impact on the region, albeit often overstated. Globally, however, low gas prices are hindering their development. Regional markets may be more conducive, but these present challenges as well. In the Eastern Mediterranean,...

Charles Ellinas | 23 September 2016

Warming a Frozen Policy: Challenges to Turkey’s Climate Politics after Paris

Warming a Frozen Policy: Challenges to Turkey’s Climate Politics after Paris

Turkey’s climate policies can be defined through its fixation on its special circumstances with regard to the climate regime. This position is mostly utilized in order to keep Turkey away from any emission reduction targets and to sustain its low-tech and high- carbon developmentalism. The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 opened up a new era for international climate negotiations, which are characterized by two key targets: domestically designed national contributions and a subtle...

Ümit Şahin | 23 September 2016

Just About Time: Defending Democracy & the Fight Against Corruption

Just About Time: Defending Democracy & the Fight Against Corruption

Despite Turkey’s great potential, the fight against corruption remains limited, and the implementation of democratic reform packages have stalled. This article provides a general picture of Turkey’s long-awaited efforts to adhere to good governance principles and combat the permeating effects of corruption. Turkey’s standing vis-à-vis relevant international indices is assessed in detail, as well as the level of compliance with international conventions that Turkey is...

E. Oya Özarslan | 23 September 2016

The New Geopolitical Game in the Caspian Region: Azerbaijan-Turkey Energy Relations

The New Geopolitical Game in the Caspian Region: Azerbaijan-Turkey Energy Relations

The Caspian Basin has been one of the most important geopolitical scenes since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The historical development of the basin in the last decade and a half provides us with some important clues about the dynamics of the new energy geopolitics. This article aims to examine geopolitical events that have occurred in connection with the hydrocarbon riches of the basin from a historical perspective. The focus of the article is mainly on the energy upstream and midstream...

Volkan Ş. Ediger & Duygu Durmaz | 23 September 2016

The Unprecedented Aspects of the Greek Crisis

 The Unprecedented Aspects of the Greek Crisis

Despite favorable conditions for economic development for more than a decade, the Greek state was the first eurozone member to face a near collapse in May 2010 amidst global financial turmoil. The crisis started six years ago as a sovereign debt crisis and evolved into a deep political and social crisis with unique features. This article examines the unprecedented aspects of the Greek crisis, which was a historic event in terms of rescue programs, and marks a turning point in European economic...

Panagiota Manoli | 23 September 2016

Dubai: An Exemplar of State Capitalism

Dubai: An Exemplar of State Capitalism

One of the most important developments in the post-Britannica era of the sheikhdom of Dubai (UAE) is the emergence of state capitalism as an alternative to liberal capitalism. The dynastic socio-political structures of Dubai and other Gulf states make them susceptible to a statist model of economic development. The government led by Sheikh Al-Maktoum has not confined itself merely to a regulatory or facilitator role in the economy. But instead, through a raft of Government Related Entities...

Paul Thompson | 23 September 2016

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