Turkish Policy Quarterly Vol 5, No. 3 (Fall 2006)
"The Euro-Atlantic: Fit for Global Action?"

Nigar Göksel

Nigar Göksel
ESI Analyst

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Artis Pabriks

Artis Pabriks
Artis Pabriks is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

"Latvia has a good reputation in the former Soviet territory, and it can position itself as a role-model for the implementation of reforms in other countries. Latvia is also becoming increasingly involved in the EU's relationship with the Balkan states and with Turkey."

TPQ-article: "Do bridges unite? "

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Jamie Shea

Jamie Shea
Jamie Shea is the Director of Policy Planning for the Private Office of the Secretary General, NATO

"The challenge for NATO is not to demonstrate its relevance by launching ever more distant and ambitious new missions but to overhaul its own institution so that it can better exploit the three key power levers: Military expeditionary force; civil-military coordination; and strategic political direction. Otherwise the more NATO tries to go global, the more it risks to under-perform and bite off more than it can chew."

TPQ-article: "Reflections on NATO's political and military transformation since 9/11"

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Nabi Sensoy

Nabi Sensoy
Nabi Sensoy is Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States

"Vocal disagreements between their European and U.S. allies have only been disturbing for Turkey. Turkish officials caution that a political gap between Europe and the United States would make things more difficult for Turkey."

TPQ-article: "The importance of transatlantic unity for Turkish foreign policy"

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Geoffrey Van Orden

Geoffrey Van Orden
Geoffrey Van Orden MEP is Conservative Spokesman on Defense and Security in the European Parliament

"Not since the end of the Soviet threat has there been greater need for unity of purpose among the democracies. Rarely has there been such distraction and loss of focus. Turkey has a key role to play. It has been a long-standing and loyal NATO ally, while its own dilemmas reach to the heart of the problems of the Alliance."

TPQ-article: "Time to revitalize the NATO alliance and deal with ESDP"

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David Barchard

David Barchard
David Barchard is a Senior Fellow and Analyst at TEPAV, an independent Ankara-based think tank

"If there is a lesson to be extracted from these events it is not that dealings between Turkey and the Vatican represent a 'a clash of civilizations'. Rather they demonstrate the limitations of bureaucracies and that the Vatican is trying to re-enter the European political stage in a way not seen since 1870."

TPQ-article: "The Vatican and Turkey on the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit"

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Geoffrey Gresh

Matan Chorev

Geoffrey Gresh and Matan Chorev
Geoffrey Gresh is a graduate student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Turkey. Matan Chorev, also a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, is the co-founder of the New Initiative for Middle Eastern Peace, Tufts University

"Turkey's reforms are not taking place in a vacuum. If exogenous elements continue to offer nothing but instability and endogenous ones the same, Turkey could easily choose to abandon its EU accession process. A cursory examination of the factors at play, demonstrate that if mismanaged, Turkey's reform process could paradoxically be to its own detriment."

TPQ-article: "Turkish-Kurdish reconciliation: promise and peril"

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Murat Somer

Murat Somer
Murat Somer is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Koç University, Istanbul

"Skeptical views of the EU public towards Turkey are accompanied by an essentialist public-political discourse - based on historical and cultural-religious identity grounds which are portrayed as incontestable and unchangeable. Such rhetoric receives widespread coverage in the Turkish media and feeds suspicions that the EU will never accept Turkey. This essentialist discourse seeps into European documents on identity politics in Turkey, reinforcing the tendency to treat identities as frozen in history and culture."

TPQ-article: "Sustainable Democratization and the Roles of the U.S. and the EU: Political Islam and Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey"

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Joseph N. Yackley

Joseph N. Yackley
Joseph N. Yackley is a PhD student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago

"Turkey should modernize its state news and information services so that these better correspond with European counterparts. Within this context, Turkey must also design its lobbying efforts with an eye toward the specific political and national cultures of key member states."

TPQ-article: "Wishful thinking: strategic imperatives and their limits in Turkey's EU aspirations"

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