Turkish Policy Quarterly Vol 9, No. 1 (Spring 2010)
"Towards a New Strategic Concept: Re-Imagining the Alliance"

Nigar Göksel

Nigar Göksel
ESI Senior Analyst

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Mahir Zeynalov
Mahir Zeynalov is a diplomacy correspondent for Today's Zaman daily based in Istanbul.

For many years, the idea that NATO would address the security concerns of the South Caucasus and particularly Georgia vis-à-vis Russia erroneously held sway. Russia has repeatedly stated that it does not want to see any of its neighbors as a NATO member. While Armenia and Azerbaijan largely benefited from NATO military training programs and remained safe, Georgia's increasing cooperation with NATO worsened its relations with Russia and resulted in full-scale armed conflict. The New NATO Strategic Concept report, released by the Group of Experts on 17 May, rules out NATO membership for states in the Caucasus and calls for more cooperation with Russia, heralding a more secure region in the upcoming decade. This paper argues that NATO presence in the South Caucasus increases the likelihood of instability and insecurity.

TPQ-article: "South Caucasus: More Secure with the New NATO Strategic Concept?"

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Önder Aytac

Önder Aytac
Önder Aytaç is a columnist for the Turkish daily, Taraf.

In his article, Önder Aytaç offers a brainstorming session on the "Kurdish issue". Analyzing the "democratic initiative" introduced by the Justice and Development Party, Aytaç argues that this enterprise carries a potential to remedy the problems caused by the war against terror. To expect that a problem which has become a menacing trouble for the past 25 years to be solved in just one or two years can only be a dream. Only if full harmony can be achieved among all state institutions, including the TSK (Turkish Armed Forces), can we see satisfactory solutions sprouting in the next three or four years.

TPQ-article: "The Democratic Initiative and the Kurdish Issue in Turkey Since 2009"

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Transatlantic Academy
The Transatlantic Academy is an initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius of Germany, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

This section comprises of the summary of the report published in 3 June 2010 by the Transatlantic Academy. The report explores issues such as economy, energy, democracy promotion and migration in Turkey's neighborhood at "a new era of regional diplomacy" and evaluates the impact of Davutğlu's "zero problems with neighbors" policy. Calling on Turkey's foreign policy to be analyzed "on its own terms," the report incorporates the effect of Turkey's changing domestic dynamics and complex neighborhood and tackles the following question: "Are Turkish foreign policy problems 'getting to zero'?"

TPQ-article: "Getting to Zero"

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