Insight Turkey

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, January

A New Agenda for the Kurdish Question
Terrorist activities have been on the rise in recent months, with many casualties following a relatively quite period in the past four years. A number of military positions were attacked and bombs detonated in city centers, reminiscent of the bloody...
Arab-Turkish Cooperation in the New Era
Until some years ago, Turkey had for decades been part of the Western block in the Middle East, endorsing the block's policies, alliances and hostile attitudes. On the other side, the Arab world was generally allied with the Soviet Union. Consequently,...
Charting Turkish Diplomacy in the Gaza Conflict
When Israel launched its operation against Gaza on December, 27, 2008, it was the scope of the attacks, not the operation itself that came as a surprise. The Gaza region is no stranger to casualties, bombings, attacks and creatively named operations....
Compatibility of "Islam" and "Europe": Turkey's EU Accession
Despite objections from Austria, in October 2004, the EU commission issued an encouraging report on Turkey's EU eligibility. Nevertheless, at this crucial turning point in Turkey's bid for EU membership, Frits Bolkestein, the EU's internal market commissioner,...
Debating Turkey in the Middle East: The Dawn of a New Geo-Political Imagination?
On two separate visits to the Arab world recently, I was asked about Turkish soap operas shown on Arab TV My hosts were surprised that I didn't know much about the programs, the characters in them or their stories. One Saudi friend had on his mobile...
Editor's Note
The year 2008 ended with the Israeli attacks on Gaza, killing hundreds and injuring thousands of Palestinians. While Israel put the blame on Hamas, which controls Gaza, for its air and ground attacks, the number of civilian causalities, including women...
Obama's Foreign Policy: Opportunities and Challenges
The election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States raises a number of critical questions for analysts and government officials in Turkey. How will US foreign policy change under Obama? What will be Obama's top foreign policy priorities?...
Obama's Turkey Policy: Bringing Credibility to "Strategic Partnership"
In American foreign policy the urgent often trumps the important. Burdened with global responsibilities, high-level American policy-makers are almost always engaged in either "crisis management" or "damage control." This is perhaps why Turkey rarely...
The Arabs and Modern Turkey: A Century of Changing Perceptions
There are no two peoples in the Middle East whose histories have been so intertwined as the Arabs and the Turks. For centuries, both were subjects of the Ottoman Sultanate, where a dominant Ottoman culture and an Ottoman mode of religiosity affected...
Turkey's Justice and Development Party through Arab Eyes
The majority of those who have written about the Turkish experience during the AKP era started from the assumption that we are faced with a moderate Islamist party. This assumption is shared by a large number of analysts belonging to different ideological...
Understanding the New Turkey: An Egyptian Perspective
The Middle East region stands on the threshold of a new era in its long history. At present, the situation in the region resembles that which followed World War II, with the borders of its independent states established on the ruins of the Ottoman...
What Type of Islamism for Europe? Islamism in Germany and the Netherlands
While Milli Gorus (1) in Germany is an Islamist movement that has a strong anti-Western rhetoric and is treated as an "Islamist extremist group" by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, (2) Milli Gorus in the Netherlands cooperates with the...