Turkish Policy Quarterly Vol 4, No. 4 (Winter 2005)
"Turkey and Neighbors: Moving beyond the Past"

Nigar Göksel

Nigar Göksel
ESI Analyst

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George Vassilou

George Vassilou
President of the Republic of Cyprus (1988-1993)

"Unfortunately, Turkey may make great efforts and sacrifices in order to introduce the acquis. But whatever progress it achieves ... will still not be enough to overcome the suspicions of many of the EU inhabitants today. This is where Cyprus comes into the equation."

TPQ-article: "The solution of the Cyprus problem: the key to Turkey’s relations with the EU"

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Gerard J. Libaridian

Gerard J. Libaridian
Professor Gerard J. Libaridian teaches in the History Department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

"Clearly, we are not dealing with a mere academic disagreement between scholars of different persuasions or schools. The entrenched position of each side is now part of their respective identities, identities that not only define the boundaries of the ethno-cultural self-definitions but also the socio-political context within which they see their present and project the future."

TPQ-article: "The past as a prison, the past as a different future"

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Ian O. Lesser

Ian O. Lesser
Dr. Ian Lesser is Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, where he leads a project on "Reshaping the US-Turkish Strategic Relationship"

"Some Europeans may persist in their fear that Turkey within the EU will serve as a “Trojan Horse” for American foreign policy preferences. In reality, closer Turkey-EU relations will almost certainly pose a greater challenge of adjustment for Washington."

TPQ-article: "Off autopilot: the future of Turkish-US relations"

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Rachel Goshgarian

Rachel Goshgarian
Rachel Goshgarian is a Ph.D. Candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University

"The border is still closed and diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey remain non-existent. Neither country seems ready to change its official line, although both countries pretend to encourage rapprochement. One might ask, who and what can break this stalemate?"

TPQ-article: "Breaking the stalemate: Turkish – Armenian relations in the 21st century"

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Rachel Brandenburg

Rachel Brandenburg
Rachel Brandenburg graduated from Tufts University in May 2005 and recently completed a fellowship to work at the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels

"To this day, many Turks believe that Europe, if not the entire West, stands against them in ultimately attempting to re-create the 1920 Treaty of Sevres. This paranoia commonly referred to as "Sevres Syndrome," or "Sevres-phobia," has contributed to a Turkish leadership that has historically favored the status quo and been generally suspicious of change, and maintained a focused interest in Turkish national security."

TPQ-article: "No longer newlyweds: the evolution of Turkish foreign policy toward Israel"

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Arend Jan Boekestijn

Arend Jan Boekestijn
Arend Jan Boekestijn is lecturer in the history of international relations at Utrecht University

"A growing number of national Parliaments around the world want Ankara to come to terms with the Armenian question but public opinion and politics in Turkey remains sharply divided on the issue. .. At the end of the day, all foreign policy is domestic politics. Only courageous statesmen can break out of this mould."

TPQ-article: "Turkey, the world, and the Armenian question"

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George Stavri

George Stavri
George Stavri studied Political Science at Stanford University with Condoleezza Rice and is currently the British EU Presidency's Officer in Cyprus

"An urgent call to attention is needed by Greek Cypriot political planners to their fellow Turkish Cypriots’ hopes and fears to sanction substantive and intelligent economic planning not based on handouts but on joint development policies that will remove the nightmarish prospect of a two-track economy well into the next decades."

TPQ-article: "An economic vision for Cyprus: the Greek Cypriot experience"

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Günay Evinch

Günay Evinch
Gunay Evinch (Övünç) practices international public law at Saltzman & Evinch and serves as Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) Vice-President for the Capital Region

"Aggrieved ethnic groups worldwide may look at Armenian terrorism as a successful method of forcing attention to their causes. A bad precedent, the Armenian terror campaign nevertheless achieved the initial stage of recognition: rendering WWI history relevant to today."

TPQ-article: "The Armenian cause in America today"

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