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December 18, 2012 | Turkey and the EU - a Slow Alienation

Negotiations between the EU and Turkey about full membership have almost come to a dead end. ++ A breakthrough will be difficult to achieve due to the continuing criticism on Turkey’s restrictions on human rights. ++ Recent surveys …More

June 8, 2012 | Making a True Friend in Turkey

President Obama has invested much time and effort to cultivate a friendship with the prime minister of Turkey and it’s beginning to pay off. ++ Turkey’s preeminence in the region, although apparent today, was less so in 2009. ++ Obama …More

May 7, 2012 | Losing Democracy: Turkey under the AKP

Anonymous: The first election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) brought Turkish citizens hope regarding the democratization of the country. Two terms later, opponents are imprisoned because of their political ideas, religious values are infringing on secular institutions, and power is being concentrated at the top. …More

March 23, 2012 | Turkish Delight? The Feasibility of the "Turkish Model" for Egypt

While comparisons and arguments for why the Turkish Model is relevant to burgeoning MENA countries now undergoing transition abound, the infeasibilities of “selling” this model have been less explored. This …More

February 7, 2012 | A Turkish Model of Governance?

If Turkey is to become a good model for Muslim nations it must synthesize liberal democracy with its traditional religious values. ++ “Post-Islamism” does not imply a detachment from Islamic identity. ++ The AKP has matched its pro-Palestinian …More

January 17, 2012 | Turkey as a NATO Partner: Reality vs. Rhetoric

Yurter Ozcan: The Turkish government uses an often negative rhetoric vis-à-vis Turkey’s NATO membership that correlates with public opinion towards the United States. Yet these trends are at odds with the major decisions that the governing party has made, which instead point towards a growing cooperation with NATO partners. …More

January 16, 2012 | Turkey Balances East-West Interests Over Syria

Turkey is now spearheading a joint Western-Arab-Turkish policy of forcing President Bashar Assad to cede power in Syria. ++ Previous good relations with Syria and Iran were part of a “zero problems with neighbors” policy. ++ …More

December 23, 2011 | A Correct and Courageous Step

Stewart Munn: The French Parliament is right to pass the Armenian Genocide Bill. Turkish threats and counter measures are a price worth paying when fighting for justice. Denying the Armenian Genocide and pandering to those who deny it is hypocritical of the West in an era where our civilization is trying to be a shining light to those in the Arab world who are casting off dictatorships. …More

December 9, 2011 | The US, Turkey, and a Budding Relationship

Obama and Turkish PM Recep Erdogan have become unlikely partners as the Arab Spring has evolved. ++ After a blunt confrontation at the G-20 in Toronto, they have found common ground on Afghanistan, Iraq, and the fight against …More

September 21, 2011 | Turkey as Regional Role Model

Turkey has the potential to serve as a democratic role model for the Muslim world. ++ To meet these expecations Prime-Minister Erdogan should tone down his harsh anti-Israeli rhetoric in order to promote stability in the region. ++ Using its …More

September 13, 2011 | With NATO Radar Turkey Loses Valuable Partners

Turkey’s decision to host the NATO anti-missile radar may please its Western allies, but will “build a wall of distrust” with its regional neighbors. ++ Both Russia and Iran perceive the missile defence system as a direct threat to …More

September 7, 2011 | Turkey's De Facto Moral Compass

Marc William Zedler: The Arab Spring has left the Middle East with a power vacuum. Three regional players, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, will be the region’s deciders for the next decade. As a global middle power, Turkey should take a principled stance in a region that needs its leadership now more than ever. …More

August 11, 2011 | Turkish Delight: A Chance to Realign With the West

James Brian Taylor: Turkey’s relations with the United States and Europe have been strained over the past two years, despite a rich history of cooperation. But the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East provides a golden opportunity for Turkey to realign itself with the US and Europe, beginning with a reconciliation with Israel. …More

June 21, 2011 | How Turkey Wants to Reshape NATO

Sinan Ülgen: Turkey has in recent years gone from the Cold War cornerstone of NATO to being seen as a mixed blessing. We need to trace the changes in Turkey’s circumstances and policy thinking, and understand how Ankara sees the Alliance’s future. …More

May 23, 2011 | Fear of Washington: Turkey's New Axis

Zsófia Farkas: Turkey is one of the most dynamic, rising countries of the world. The US and NATO should keep this in mind and offer more promising opportunities to Turkey in order to retain their loyal ally. …More

May 23, 2011 | Tiger in a Cage: Turkey's New Foreign Policy

Efsun Kizmaz: NATO should support Turkey, not punish it, if it hopes to strengthen its position with the government and the public. Turkey’s geopolitical position, cultural affinity with the Middle East, its economic accomplishments and its youthful population are all important assets to the West, who should back Turkey before it is too late. …More

March 31, 2011 | Stuck in the Middle: Turkey and US-Iran Relations

Sebnem Udum: While the US and Turkey share an important strategic partnership as NATO allies, they need to understand each other’s perceptions of the Iran nuclear issue, or this will hinder any resolution. Increased US-Turkish interaction, to bridge this perception gap and mutual awareness of the positions of both states, should be a first step in a diplomatic resolution. …More

March 8, 2011 | Energy Geopolitics: Turkey's Role as an Energy Hub

Ece Ozkan: The new “great game” is going to be about natural gas, and the players are already set. This study elaborates on the current debate surrounding the security of natural gas routes and the desire of European officials to find alternatives to Russian backed pipeline projects.

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December 14, 2010 | Turkey's Islamist Adventure

Niklas Anzinger: Turkey’s leading political party is shifting away from its Western orientation. This is a consequential step of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s agenda of de-secularizing Turkish democracy. Ankara’s reorientation remains an obstacle not only to Western influence in the Middle East but also a NATO missile defense shield. …More

December 14, 2010 | Why Turkey Is Still European at Heart

Fintan Hastings: Far from drifting closer toward Islamism, Turkey remains very Europe oriented. Its policy of “Zero Problems with Neighbors” means open engagement with surrounding countries of all religions. The EU needs to harness these benefits for greater energy and regional cooperation as Brussels and Ankara share the same long-term security goals. …More

September 21, 2010 | After the Referendum: Turkey Headed Toward EU Membership

Paul-Robert Lookman: In last week’s referendum, a clear majority of Turkish voters accepted 26 reform proposals to improve democratic rule in Turkey. With a solution of the Kurd and Cyprus issues, this paves the way for Turkey to join the EU. This development should be applauded. …More

September 2, 2010 | The Strategic Triangle's Crisis Management

C. Mazzucelli & O. Dursun-Özkanca: The new Strategic Concept should emphasize the Alliance’s role in crisis management, as the floods in Pakistan have demonstrated that NATO’s response is inadequate. The US, Turkey, and France, which make up NATO’s Strategic Triangle, must take the lead in shaping the Alliance’s emergency relief strategy. …More

July 27, 2010 | Turkey Turning East but Looking West

Western opinion holds that Turkey is turning East, but Ankara is actually pursuing a policy centered on its economic and geographic power. ++ Europe remains a key goal, but Turkey has diversified its alliances and no longer depends on the …More

June 15, 2010 | Turkey and Israel at a Tipping Point

“The Armenian genocide must never ever be allowed to become a political football for selective use by two erstwhile allies to sort out their relations and the contents of their closets.” ++ The hypocritical Turkish reaction to …More

June 3, 2010 | Turkey on the Brink

Israel-Turkey relations suffered greatly on Monday, with Prime Minister Erdogan calling the Israeli attack on an aid flotilla a “bloody massacre” and warning that “today is a turning point, nothing will be the same again.” ++ As a …More

June 2, 2010 | The Israeli Attack on Humanitarian Aid Ships: An EU Perspective

Mustafa Kutlay: It was reported on Monday, May 31, that the Israeli forces stormed one of the six ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. This operation is a clear breach of international law. The EU should show her unequivocal resistance to the violation of international law by condemning Israel. …More

May 20, 2010 | New Turks Are Needed to Achieve a New Turkey

Hovsep Khurshudyan: The West should not lose the chance to get actively involved in helping to modernize the Turkish nation. Former Sovietologists can provide valuable insight in dealing with Turkey since its working mechanisms are similar to those of the former Soviet Union. …More

May 12, 2010 | Turkey and Iran: The Risks of Failure

Alex Jackson: Despite its insistence on its ability to mediate, Turkey has failed to make much progress in stalling Iran’s nuclear ambitions and has simply antagonised its Western allies. This poses serious challenges for Ankara’s foreign policy. …More

April 7, 2010 | The West Needs Turkey in Europe

Discussions on Turkey’s EU membership tend to neglect the fact that the country’s strategic significance has skyrocketed since the end of the Cold War. From the standpoint of Western interests, Turkey plays a key role in conflict resolution from …More

February 17, 2010 | Turkey and Asia: A Win-Win Scenario

Since assuming power, the AK Party in Turkey has shifted foreign policy eastward. ++ Turkey should continue to strengthen ties with Asia politically, economically, and culturally. ++ This policy shift can be seen through Turkey’s …More

January 7, 2010 | "Keeping Turkey out of Europe"

22 years after Turkey’s first application, EU membership is as remote a prospects as ever, with Bulgaria presenting the latest hurdle. ++ Although Turkey should be required to improve its human rights record, the antipathy directed at Ankara …More

December 17, 2009 | The PKK's Freerider Strategy

Over the last five years the PKK has shown it understands and adapts to the changing circumstances of regional politics, and has thus guaranteed its survival. ++ The only remaining threat to the PKK is the AK Party. ++ The PKK has been using …More

December 9, 2009 | Seizing Opportunities from Turkey's Growing Influence

Memo 21: Amid growing fears of Turkey moving away from the West, atlantic-community.org presents the findings from its special analysis week on Turkey. Members agree that Turkey’s foreign policy should not be misinterpreted as a shift East and call upon the US and the EU to start embracing Turkey’s growing influence. …More

December 3, 2009 | Why the Cyprus Dispute Still Has Not Been Resolved

Deniz Sonalp: The Cyprus conflict has been waiting to be resolved since the island was partitioned in 1963. It is not only a problem between the two communities on the island; it is also an international matter which has important effects on the political positions of many states. …More

November 30, 2009 | Time to Reflect

Editorial Team: Atlantic-community.org would like to thank its members for contributing to and commenting during its special analysis week on Turkey. After a week of intensive debate, it is now time to draw some important conclusions and take the discussion to the next level. We invite your views. …More

November 30, 2009 | Turkey Comes First

Turkey, rather than Iran, is emerging as the real beneficiary of the US misadventures in the Middle East. ++ America sits on the sidelines as Turkey expands its regional influence. ++ The souring of Turkish-Israeli relations has been watched with great …More

November 26, 2009 | Turkey's Holistic Approach

Stefanie Jennifer Tetenburg: Current fears that Turkey is moving away from its Euro-Atlantic orientation are misguided. Ankara is indeed strengthening ties with its Muslim neighbors but it is also improving relations with Russia and Armenia. The West should, instead, focus on the benefits that Turkey’s multilateral foreign policy can bring. …More

November 26, 2009 | A Turkic Union: Viable Concept or Illusion?

Marc William Zedler: As Turkey is getting increasingly disillusioned with the EU, momentum could build up for the establishment of a Turkic Union. A Turkic Union would not only be beneficial to Turkey, as it could take up a leading role, but also to the EU, as such a union could serve to counter Russian dominance in the region. …More

November 25, 2009 | The EU's Identity Crisis

Mensur Akgün: Recent media reports on Turkey’s alleged foreign policy fail to acknowledge major positive achievements on behalf of the AKP government, notably Ankara’s attempts at reconciliation with its neighbors. Western pundits should ask themselves what this “western identity” that Turkey is supposedly moving away from, really is. …More

November 24, 2009 | The EU's Imaginary Clash of Civilizations

Basak Yavcan Ural: Public opposition to Turkey’s accession to the EU has largely been ignored, although it represents a real threat to the negotiation process. The EU needs to reconstruct its identity, by emphasizing diversity and multiculturalism. Turkey also needs to address existing misperceptions. …More

November 23, 2009 | The US Needs Turkey for its Middle East Agenda

Brian Katulis: Turkey and the US need to coordinate their efforts in South Asia, Iraq, Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict, towards common goals. In order to make progress on his ambitious policy agenda for the Middle East, Obama needs Turkey. To this end, improving US- Turkish bilateral ties is a first crucial step. …More

November 20, 2009 | Turkey is Key to Europe's Energy Diversification

Sonja Davidovic: Turkey can play a key role in overcoming existing hurdles to the realization of the Nabucco pipeline project, which will augment Europe’s energy security. In return the EU should assist Turkey on its path to EU membership. …More

November 20, 2009 | Ankara: Looking West, Moving East?

Gamze Avci: Turkey’s fatigue with the EU has accommodated the diversification of its foreign policy. The perceived uncertainty about the accession process has slowed down reforms and has reduced EU leverage over Ankara. But, at present the mainstay of Turkish foreign policy remains EU membership. …More

November 19, 2009 | Turkey: Still a Bridge Between West and East?

Editorial Team: Turkey tops the agenda at atlantic-community.org for the next week as fears of a shift away from the West become more widespread. We invite our members to reflect on and debate Ankara’s ‘alleged’ shift and consider the importance of Turkey as a regional player to the US and Europe. …More

November 19, 2009 | Europe: Prevent Turkey Turning East

Ghassan Dahhan: Europe should be alerted by Turkey’s foreign policy shift and start treating Turkey as a respected ally, by offering Turkey real EU membership prospects. Turkey is of major strategic importance to Europe and it is up to the politicians of EU member states to alter public opinion. …More


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