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Insight Turkey > Issues | Toward an Independent Kurdistan? - Summer 2012 / Volume 14, Number 3

Toward an Independent Kurdistan?



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Summer 2012
Another hot summer in the Middle East… Tens of thousands of Syrians continue to flee the violence inflicted upon them by Bashar Assad’s regime by seeking refuge in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. Now desperate, the regime is using its airplanes to punish the opposition in Aleppo and other cities of Syria, and is threatening to use its chemical weapons.


Commentaries


The Positive Agenda and Beyond: A New Beginning for the EU-Turkey Relations?
What do Turkey’s democratic transformation, its future EU membership and its growing position in...

Turkey’s EU Journey: What Next?
Since EU membership negotiations began in 2005, Turkey has faced a range of obstacles, which have...

Egypt at a Crossroads: The Presidential Elections and Their Aftermath
On June 17, Egypt ended the second and final round of the first presidential election since the...

Egypt after Elections: Towards the Second Republic?
While Mohamed Morsi was being named as the fifth president of the Republic of Egypt and the first...


Articles


The Geopolitics of Support for Turkey’s EU Accession: A View from Lithuania
Why does Lithuania support Turkey’s accession to the European Union? The article analyzes some of...

The EU’s “Rhetorical Entrapment” in Enlargement Reconsidered: Why Hasn’t It Worked for Turkey?
This article analyzes the EU’s December 2004 Brussels decision regarding membership talks with...

Survival Strategies and Diplomatic Tools: The Kurdistan Region’s Foreign Policy Outlook
The Kurds were late to the idea of nationalism in the 20th century, and when the borders were...

Democracy or Partition: Future Scenarios for the Kurds of Iraq
Following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Kurdish politicians were involved in Baghdad...

Turkey, the US and the KRG: Moving Parts and the Geopolitical Realities
In a remarkable turnaround, Turkey and the Kurdish Regional Government have recently emerged as...

The Applicability of the “Turkish Model” to Morocco: The Case of the Parti de la Justice et du Développement (PJD)
The “Turkish model,” in the form of a marriage between moderate Islam and democracy, the AKP’s...

The “AKP Model” and Tunisia’s al-Nahda: From Convergence to Competition?
More than a year after the start of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolts, the question of how...

Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest
Turkey redefined its geographical security environment over the last decade by deepening its...


Book Reviews


Islam in Europa: Religiöses Leben heute. Ein Portrait ausgewählter islamischer Gruppen und Institutionen
This book presents the results of the collaborative research project “Muslims in Europe and their...

Islam Without Extremes - A Muslim Case for Liberty
In Mustafa Akyol’s book Islam With- out Extremes, the author takes up the challenge to confront...

Fergana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia
Fergana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia is a remarkable volume that offers a very comprehensive...

Stable Outside, Fragile Inside? Post-Soviet Statehood in Central Asia
Stable Outside, Fragile Inside? Post- Soviet Statehood in Central Asia brings together a team of...

Iran’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era
With this book, Shireen Hunter offers an exhaustive manual of the Islamic Republic’s foreign...

Global Salafism: Islam’s New Religious Movement
This volume is a compilation of essays on various aspects of Salafism, written by leading...

Democracy in Turkey: The Impact of EU Political Conditionality
In the ever-increasing stream of academic studies of Turkey’s foreign policy, no aspect is better...

Harem Histories: Envisioning Places and Living Spaces
Controversies over the realities of life in the harem have long been in need of a treatment that...

Rise of Think Tanks: Foreign Policy and National Security Culture in Turkey
In the recent decade, the number of think thanks in Turkey skyrocketed. Those numbers should not...

A Millennium of Turkish Literature: A Concise History
In this little book Talat Halman continues his lifelong campaign to acquaint the English-speaking...

Reproducing Class: Education, Neoliberalism, and the Rise of the New Middle Class in Istanbul
Reproducing Class is a neatly focused examination of the transformative work of globalization in...

Representations and Othering in Discourse: The Construction of Turkey in the EU Context
Notwithstanding its somewhat misleading title, this book focuses exclusively on the...


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