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TPQ Fall 2011 Vol.10 No.3 

NATO's Future in Turkey's Neighborhood

From the Desk of the Editor

 

For this Fall 2011 issue of TPQ, we have centered the debate around security in Turkey’s neighborhood, with a particular focus on NATO’s role therein. In keeping with our 10-year track record of covering debates on Turkey’s neighborhood from diverse perspectives, in this issue, we reflect a wide spectrum of views on the region’s security challenges...

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Turkey and NATO’s Approach to Cooperative Security

İsmet Yılmaz

İsmet Yilmaz

The current security environment is defined with uncertainty. The risks are increased and threats are varied. NATO needs not only new 21st century capabilities but also new ways of thinking and working...It must be remembered that building contacts with countries within and beyond Euro- Atlantic area and stronger relationships with all international organizations are more important than ever today. Turkey has proximity to many of the partner countries and supports the Partnership Policy of NATO...

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Turkey’s Vibrant Export Trends

Zafer Çağlayan

Zafer Caglayan

The Republic of Turkey is now only 12 years away from celebrating its 100th anniversary. On the journey that started with 50,000 dollars worth of exports in 1923, we are aiming to attain a value of 500 billion dollars by 2023, when Turkey is expected to become one of the 10 largest economies in the world with 25,000 dollars of income per capita...With its government and private sector working hand in hand, we strongly believe that Turkey in 2023 will be a locus of attraction for trade and investment in the world...

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Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Turkey and NATO

Faruk Loğoğlu

Faruk Lologlu

NATO, with its array of hard, soft, and smart power assets possesses a huge potential for peace, security, and stability...CHP wants to see NATO as an alliance that provides equal benefits to its members. CHP also believes that all future interventions by NATO must be firmly based on international law and should rest on an explicit mandate from the UN Security Council...NATO must remain strong and vibrant for the sake of international peace, security, and stability...

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Sustainable Security in the Middle East: NATO’s Role?

Mostafa Dolatyar

Mostafa Dolatyar

...despite its enterprises for the Mediterranean, the ‘İstanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI)’, and its substantive reliance on its public diplomacy apparatus to convince the regional countries to accept this approach and facilitate NATO’s incursion in management of regional security, there are hard evidences and certain facts indicating that as far as this approach is not inclusive and grass-root, it will be doomed to failure...

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New Security Challenges and NATO’s Future

Jamie Shea

Jamie Shea

Attacks on NATO’s governments and their citizens are more likely these days to come in the form of electronic malware through fiber optic cables, or improvised explosive devices in mass transportation systems, or extreme weather conditions disrupting critical energy grids and infrastructure than in the form of tanks and infantry columns crossing NATO’s borders... The new security challenges will increasingly test NATO’s posture and readiness, whether it is prepared and willing or not...In the future, no defense will work statically for decades on end as nuclear deterrence and flexible response worked for NATO during the Cold War years...

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NATO’s Libya Test

Alex Tiersky

Alex Tiersky

NATO’s Strategic Concept, while in no way de-emphasizing expeditionary operations, put a greater focus on asymmetrical new threats (i.e. cyber, missile); Libya yanked the Alliance back to reality and demonstrated that it would be called on to fight conventional wars again sooner than anyone could have thought...

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How the Arab Spring is Transforming Turkish American Relations

İlhan Tanır

Ilhan Tanir

Once called the “Model Partnership,” the Turkey-U.S. relations were in a semi-crises mode by the time the Arab Spring began in the early months of 2011...By the beginning of 2011, the uprisings across the greater Middle East have not only challenged those states at where they took place but also others who have vast interests in the region, such as Turkey and the U.S...

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Lessons in Humility: Intervention from Sarajevo to Kabul

Gerald Knaus

Gerald Knaus

In 1995, some observers and policymakers might have expected that the international deployment in Bosnia would be an exceptional event. It soon became obvious, however, that Bosnia was only the first in a succession of ambitious military interventions and post-conflict missions: first in Kosovo (1999) and East Timor (1999), then, in Afghanistan (2001), and finally in Iraq (2003)...

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NATO-EU Cooperation and Turkey

Münevver Cebeci

Munevver Cebeci

...This article scrutinizes the evolution of NATO-EU cooperation and argues that the major problem with regard to this cooperation cooperation goes beyond the vetoes by Turkey and Cyprus. Rather, there is a deeper and historically embedded dynamic at play: the traditional divide between Europeanists and Transatlanticists and how this leads to a decoupling in NATO...

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Turkey as a NATO Partner: Reality vs. Rhetoric

Yurter Özcan

Yurter Ozcan

This paper aims to provide a critical assessment of the rhetoric used by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) towards the United States and the NATO...As it will be revealed, there seems to be a correlation between the quite-often used negative rhetoric of the current government and the public opinion towards the United States and the NATO. Nevertheless, these trends are at odds with the major decisions that the AKP government has undertaken recently...

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The Black Sea Region as a Security Challenge for Ukraine

Hanna Shelest

Hanna Shelest

The author analyzes security challenges and threats for Ukraine in the Black Sea region. Additionally, such spheres as frozen conflict resolution, naval security, missile defense system deployment, and competition with the neighboring states are discussed. The main challenges for Ukraine in the Black Sea region, she argues, come from the unrealized potential the country has in the region, as well as from its lack of strategic vision...

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Religion and Conflict: Radicalism and Violence in the North Caucasus

Iulian Chifu

Iulian chifu

...One goal of this study is to supply a base of evolving information, ideas, and theories to give support to the evaluation of the situation in the North Caucasus and to provide a starting point for any projections regarding the area as well as larger themes defining the complexity of the region. The other goal is to foresee, based on these qualitative theories and trends, where this road is heading; in which way the current situation will evolve; and to what extent it will remain a local issue or it will affect the entire region. 

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Azerbaijan-Russia Relations after Five-Day War: Friendship, Enmity, or Pragmatism?

Anar Valiyev

Anar Valiyev

Azerbaijan-Russia relations have experienced many ups and downs throughout the modern history of both countries, from closing of the borders and accusing each other of supporting separatism to cordial statement of strategic importance. Both countries, however, have been cautious not to cross the point of no return. Russia remains one of the most important economic and political partners of Azerbaijan. Nevertheless, some issues...have prevented the two countries from becoming strategic partners...

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The Struggle for Power in the Indo-Pacific

Michael Auslin

Micheal Auslin

For the foreseeable future, stability in the Indo-Pacific rests on the degree to which the United States continues to forward and base hundreds of thousands of its military forces, along with ships, submarines, and fighter planes. A precipitous U.S. withdrawal would certainly lead to unforeseen effects in a region rife with unresolved disputes and few mature working relationships...

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Green Energy: Practice and Experiment in the Black Sea Region

Maria Beat and Violete Verikova

Maria Beat Violete

This article presents a comparative analysis of Green Economy development in the Black Sea region in the context of global trends seeking to reduce fossil fuels exploration through expanding utilization of renewable sources of energy. A comparison is made between the state of renewables development in Germany and Turkey, and the wider Black Sea region countries of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, and Ukraine...

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