European Politics and Institutions


Freedom of religion in Turkey - The Alevi issue
24 January 2014
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Demir Murat Seyrek (Senior Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy)

The discrimination faced by the Alevi community

Between a rock and a hard place: What is Turkey’s place in the transatlantic market?
9 July 2013
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Serdar Yeşilyurt (External authors)

For Turkey, a key partner of both the EU and US, the TTIP represents a considerable economic threat because of its existing Customs Union with the EU, which obliges Ankara to open its market to the countries with which the EU negotiates FTAs, yet at the same time Turkish products and services  are not allowed to enter these third countries since Turkey is not an EU member, write Amanda Paul and Serdar Yeşilyurt in this Commentary. 

Seeking new solution paths for the Kurdish issue
4 March 2013
Mehmet Özcan (President of the Ankara Strategy Institute)

It is generally acknowledged that Turkey’s Kurdish issue is inextricably intertwined with the terrorist activities of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK). However, over the last decade Turkey’s leadership has taken steps to improve the situation, acknowledging that there is a Kurdish issue. This Commentary by Mehmet Özcan analyses the Kurdish issue, the Imrali Process and the challenges that lie ahead if the peace is to be won.

Turkey and the New Middle East
27 July 2012
Gökhan Bacik (External authors)

In this Commentary, Gökhan Bacik of Zirve University writes that Ankara's inevitable policy is to develop a new strategy of peaceful co-existence with autonomous Kurdish regions in countries such as Iraq and Syria, since it is beyond Turkey's capacity to curtail the 'more autonomy' demands of Kurds in the region.

Turkish foreign policy and the Arab Spring
15 July 2011
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst) and Demir Murat Seyrek (Senior Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy)

In this Commentary, Amanda Paul and Demir Murat Seyrek offer an insight into the increasingly important role that Turkey is playing in its Middle East neighbourbood.

Turkey after the elections: time for consensus and pragmatism
16 June 2011
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Commentary, by Amanda Paul, looks at why the AKP has been so successful and sums up the likely priorities of the new government.

The Turkey-EU deadlock
26 January 2011
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

Turkey’s EU membership negotiations enter 2011 in dire straits, says Amanda Paul in this commentary.

Cyprus - The beginning of a new era
21 April 2010
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

In this commentary Amanda Paul looks at likely changes in Cyprus following Devis Eroğlu’s election as Leader of the island’s Turkish Cypriot community, including the reunification talks and the likely impact on Turkey’s EU membership negotiations.

Turkish foreign policy - between East and West?
2 October 2009
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Policy Brief by Amanda Akçakoca argues that while Ankara is focusing more its own neighbourhood, its role as a key regional player and upgrading relations with Russia, it is unlikely to adopt an anti-Western foreign policy given the solid ties it has built with NATO, the US and the EU.

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