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Turkey's Justice and Development Party through Arab Eyes

İn this article we seek to answer three interrelated questions: First, how do the Islamic, national and democratic forces perceive the justice and...

Charting Turkish Diplomacy in the Gaza Conflict

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched a deadly attack on Gaza. Turkey responded immediately to the Israeli attacks and strongly criticized the...

Obama’s Turkey Policy: Bringing Credibility to “Strategic Partnership”

Under the Obama administration, American foreign policy will be engaged in genuine coalition building with allies. Such a return to multilateralism...

Obama's Foreign Policy: Opportunities and Challenges

Obama's election represents an important opportunity to put US-Turkish relations on a new, more cooperative footing. On many issues especially...

Mapping the Pathways Public Perception and Kurdish Question

Mapping the Pathways: Public Perception and Kurdish Question

The Kurdish initiative announced by the governing Justice and Development Party has increased the discussions on the proper ways and forms of...

The Kurdish Question The Reasons and Fortunes of the Opening

The Kurdish Question: The Reasons and Fortunes of the ‘Opening’

This commentary reflects on the Turkish government’s recent ‘opening’ to address the Kurdish problem and the domestic, regional and international...

The Emergence of the Government s Perspective on the Kurdish

The Emergence of the ‘Government’s Perspective on the Kurdish Issue

The AK Party’s chronic ‘political insecurity’ may have passed a threshold as the ruling party resurfaces as an actor taking advantage of its...

The Alliance of Civilizations A Spanish View

The Alliance of Civilizations: A Spanish View

In the foreseeable future, the international system will become one of multipolarity. This new order can be sustainable and peaceful only if it can...

Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement Timing Matters

Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement: Timing Matters

The Road Map to normalization of bilateral Armenian-Turkish relations announced in April 2009 has not yet been made public, and a slowdown is...

Black Turks, White Turks: On the Three Requirements of Turkish Citizenship

Turkish media frequently employ the term “White Turks” to describe the Turkish cultural elite. Although Turks are unfamiliar with American-style...

Iran s Presidential Election The Failure of Managed Functionalism

Iran’s Presidential Election: The Failure of Managed Functionalism

Iran’s elections have historically managed factional conflict without altering the institutional distribution of power. Against this political...

Can Islam and Modernity be Reconciled?

Is Islam particularly inimical to modernity, and the two are never to be reconciled? Many westerners and Muslims alike would argue that this is the...

Towards a Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement

Towards a Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement?

Given its close political, economic, social and cultural ties to the region, stability, prosperity and a cooperative atmosphere in the South...

Turkey s Local Elections of 2009 Winners and Losers

Turkey’s Local Elections of 2009: Winners and Losers

This article presents a descriptive account of the March 2009 local elections in Turkey and offers a nation-wide and regional evaluation of trends...

Containing the Political Space: Party Closures and the Constitutional Court in Turkey

This article discusses the limits of the freedom of political parties in Turkey. 'The political party bans constitute one of the most important...

The EU Anchor, Turkish Democracy and the Future of the AK Party

This article analyzes relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU) in the aftermath of the closure case against the ruling Justice end...

The Challenge for Turkey's True Friends: the AK Party Closure Case and the West

The recent closure case brought against the ruling Justice and Development Party is a direct assault on Turkish democracy. For this reason. America...

Russia's Presidential Transition: Implications for Turkey and the Black Sea Region

Russia's new president, Dmitry Medvedev, should be expected to broadly continue his predecessor Vladimir Putin's foreign policy toward 'Turkey and...

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