Turkish Policy Quarterly Vol 5, No. 4 (Winter 2006)
"Turkey in Flux: Wrestling with Emotions, Identity, and Values"

Nigar Göksel

Nigar Göksel
ESI Analyst

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Wolfgang Schäuble

Wolfgang Schäuble
Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble is the Minister of the Interior of the Government of Germany

"During the course of its history, Islam has consistently shown a high degree of cultural versatility and flexibility, and we must always keep this in mind when discussing the crisis of Islam in modern society."

TPQ-article: "The German conference on Islam"

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Agim Çeku

Agim Çeku
Agim Çeku is the Prime Minster of Kosovo

"While status will bring about much needed clarity to Kosovo and Serbia it will not resolve all our issues. An independent Kosovo is only the beginning of a new chapter for the Western Balkans and our priority will be to catch up with Europe. The region's future is in the EU and the sooner we internalize this reality the faster we will progress with reforms."

TPQ-article: "Time for independence"

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Hans-Christian Jasch

Hans-Christian Jasch
Hans-Christian Jasch is a Government Councillor in the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. Currently he is working for the Cabinet of Vice-President of the EU-Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, Franco Frattini, in Brussels.

"They have to promote an “institutionalization of Islam” which above all involves finding and “building-up” legitimised partners for dialogue among the Muslim communities in order to create a common understanding on how Islam can be reconciled with the national legal framework and with western values."

TPQ-article: "State-dialogue in Italy and Germany for promoting integration of Muslims"

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David L. Arnett

David L. Arnett
Dr. Arnett retired from the U.S. Department of State in November 2005 after 31 years in the Foreign Service, including nine years in Turkey. He served as the Consul General in Istanbul from 2002 to 2005.

"American leaders h ave too often ignored those same fundamental and magnificent elements in their dealings with Turkey—patriotism, honor, emotion. And Turks have too often allowed those same elements to devolve into something less admirable in their dealings with the United States—nationalism, pride, anger."

TPQ-article: "The heart of the matter: the importance of emotion in Turkish-American relations"

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David Barchard

Günes Becerik
Günes Becerik is Assistant Director of the Office of International Affairs at Izmir University of Economics

"The debate about Turkey's membership reveals very important clues about Europe's conception of its own core values and identity. Even though Turkey is neighbors with Europe, there exists an imaginary line that separates Turkey from Europe."

TPQ-article: "Turkey's accession to the EU: a test case for the relevance of identity"

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Geoffrey Gresh

Anne K. Duncker
Anne K. Duncker is a PhD candidate of political science in Phillipps-University Marburg, Germany

"For many Muslims the treatment of the headscarf issue in Europe is a telling example of the EU's biased attitude towards Islam. On the other  hand Most Islamic NGO representatives do not try to disguise their disapproval of homosexuality and they depart from the discursive frame most European human rights organizations have agreed upon."

TPQ-article: "Human rights are what NGOs make of it: the diversity of Turkish human rights NGOs and the influence of the European process"

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Irem Askar Karakir

Irem Askar Karakir
Irem Askar Karakir is a Research Assistant at the International Relations of the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey

"The failures of existing secular regimes to fulfill the expectations of their people have created a fertile ground for Islamist movements to emerge. These regimes have attempted to eliminate any opposition through preventing them from speaking in public places and this attempt has succeeded against secular groups. However, when Islamist groups were involved this strategy largely failed: The messages and activities of these groups can easily spread through mosques and other religious institutions with a religious cover and without attracting much attention."

TPQ-article: "Rising political Islam: is it a matter of ideology or pragmatism?"

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Jinnyn D. Jacob

Jinnyn D. Jacob
Jinnyn Jacob was a U.S. Fulbright Fellow in 2005-06 affiliated with both Georgetown University and Bogazici University. She was also a former Research Assistant at the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C.

"The tension between Islamism and secularism is manifested in the debate over the headscarf and if it should be restricted for members of Parliament, university students, and civil servants. This issue is interesting because it is so divisive: When asked if the headscarf should be allowed in universities the population was split in half and evenly divided by gender."

TPQ-article: "Conflicting voices: a study of youth perspectives on contemporary Turkish politics"

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Cengiz Günay

Cengiz Günay
Cengiz Günay is Affiliated Researcher at the OIIP (Austrian Institute for International Affairs) in Vienna

"Turkish society is in a transition process, which has caused fear of the "other" (xenophobia) and enhanced the desire for retreat to well known paradigms. Many scared and insecure Turkish citizens react to any demands for change, be it from within Turkey or from outside, with a rally around nationalist symbols, which serve as an anchor in a wide and stormy sea."

TPQ-article: "Flags against fears and uncertainties"

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