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  • Author: Cengiz Aktar
  • Publication Date: 10-2010
  • Content Type: Policy Brief
  • Institution: Global Political Trends Center
  • Abstract: This paper analyzes the present state of affairs regarding Turkey's European Union bid at the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the debut of the negotiations. At the first glance the tableau looks rather grim, the membership negotiations stalled, the political dialogue stuck and even the 15-years old customs union jeopardized by numerous political and administrative impediments. Parallel and due to this state of affairs, Turkey's modernization process once triggered by its aspirations to join the European Union is now fully Turkish driven. Despite this development, Turkey, the author argues, still benefits from the techniques, principles and standards of the Bloc and would need to do so in a foreseeable future.
  • Topic: Diplomacy, Regional Cooperation
  • Political Geography: Europe, Central Asia, Turkey
  • Author: Yalım Eralp
  • Publication Date: 05-2010
  • Content Type: Policy Brief
  • Institution: Global Political Trends Center
  • Abstract: The Protocols signed between Armenia and Turkey constitute a significant threshold in the relationship between the two countries. The process of ratification has been stalled, especially due to issues in Turkish domestic politics, and the Protocols have been shelved for now. However, it is important to not completely kill the process. It would thus be helpful in terms of a soft transition into the future if both parties implement those clauses in the Protocols that do not require ratification.
  • Topic: Conflict Resolution, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Treaties and Agreements, Bilateral Relations
  • Political Geography: Central Asia, Turkey, Armenia