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Turkey's Vision for the Transatlantic Partnership, Summer 2003

Turkey's Vision for the Transatlantic Partnership, Summer 2003

Membership to EU and a genuine partnership with the United States are not alternative policies. On the contrary, we see it in the framework of our ties with the western world and will pursue both. As part of the Euro-Atlantic world, we in Turkey have been following the transatlantic tensions with concern. Yet a strong Europe including in foreign and security affairs and a robust NATO and transatlantic link should be able to coexist. The fact of the matter remains that the Europeans and...

Abdullah Gül | 05 September 2003

Transatlantic Relations Today, Summer 2003

Transatlantic Relations Today, Summer 2003

The terrorist challenge as illustrated by the September 11 tragedy was new, both in its dimensions and by reason of the feeling of insecurity it caused. Confronted with this new and unknown situation, we seem to have developed diverging perceptions and reactions in the United States and in Europe. Europe has an aversion for military solutions and a propensity to seek solutions based on mutual cooperation and interests. Yet we should beware of excessive confidence and idealism.  Diplomacy...

Louis Michel | 05 September 2003

Transatlantic Relations at the Start of the 21st Century, Summer 2003

Transatlantic Relations at the Start of the 21st Century, Summer 2003

The cold war has not left the stage to a world of peace, harmony and universal understanding. Globalization, accelerating at a breathtaking pace over the last twenty years, has created tremendous new challenges. Transatlantic relations that were geared to the cold war era, should evolve and adapt to these new realities. The current contrast between a globally active and interventionist U.S., with public opinion supporting a unilateral and power-based approach, and an inward looking Europe...

Kemal Derviş | 05 September 2003

Turkey and the United States: A Catalyst in the Euro-Atlantic Relationship, Summer 2003

Turkey and the United States: A Catalyst in the Euro-Atlantic Relationship, Summer 2003

If concepts of “stability, democracy and friendship” drive U.S. policy in this vast geography from the Middle East to the Balkans and from the Caucasus to Central Asia, and if eradicating terrorism is an overriding objective for the U.S., then the U.S. will need Turkey on its side.  While the U.S. has a presence and interest in this wide space by virtue of being a superpower, in all these countries Turkey has a similar presence by virtue of its history, culture and location....

O. Faruk Loğoğlu | 05 September 2003

The Middle East after Saddam and Arafat, Summer 2003

The Middle East after Saddam and Arafat, Summer 2003

In the past, America has often erred in its analysis of Middle Eastern crises. Washington’s self-confidence regarding the superiority of its democratic system, and the appropriateness of the free market concept as the economic model for the 21st century, may prove to be exaggerated with respect to Iraq and the entire Arab world. From its own short experience in Middle Eastern diplomacy, Israel has painfully learnt that democracy and modernisation are not necessarily the best tools for the...

Alon Liel | 05 September 2003

An Empire for You! And Something for the UN?, Summer 2003

An Empire for You! And Something for the UN?, Summer 2003

The way the world’s only remaining superpower chooses to conduct itself on the world stage and project its immense power and resources on the one hand, and the readiness and propensity of its allies and partners to appreciate its true security needs on the other, have become the two interconnected parts of the central issue of our times. Faced with the vexing question of terrorism U.S. was forced to review its security assessments, the result of which was a paradigm shift and the majority of...

Altay Cengizer | 05 September 2003

NATO's Future after the War in Iraq, Summer 2003

NATO's Future after the War in Iraq, Summer 2003

Despite continued doubts about its relevance since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been constantly called upon to take on new tasks. It was instrumental in extinguishing the flames of ethnic and nationalist rivalries in the Balkans. Far from completing its life cycle, at the Prague Summit in November 2002, NATO committed itself to modernize and transform to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It has now overcome the out-of-area or out-of-business dilemma, as it prepares to assume the...

Osman Yavuzalp | 05 September 2003

Where do Europe's Borders End?, Summer 2003

Where do Europe's Borders End?, Summer 2003

The European Union is a movement for all of Europe, even if not all European countries plan to join it. Europeanicity is one of the main criteria for joining and something one might call the “European spirit” has been its driving force for several generations. So what is really meant when we talk about Europe is not simply a geographical area, nor even,  a cultural entity where countries share cultural values, but about an active living Europe which is a forum for constant...

Özdem Sanberk | 05 September 2003

Academia: Turkey's Quest for Stable Growth, Summer 2003

Academia: Turkey's Quest for Stable Growth, Summer 2003

One barrier to EU accession may be Turkey’s failure to achieve stable economic growth. In Turkey, as elsewhere, GDP growth depends heavily on the rate of productivity increase, and our studies of 11 sectors of the economy shows that it is performing at only a little more than half of its potential productivity level. If Turkey took measures to realize its full productivity potential, it could create six million additional jobs by 2015 and achieve annual GDP growth as high as 8.5...

Didem Dinçer Başer | 05 September 2003

From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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