No more Cold War

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This is­sue Turk­ish Re­view fo­cuses on Turkey’s neigh­bour across the Black Sea, Rus­sia, with a se­ries of ar­ti­cles on Ankara’s re­la­tions with Moscow and the former Soviet states.

The first ar­ti­cle comes from Dr. Lerna Yanık of İs­tan­bul’s Kadir Has Univer­sity, who ex­am­ines the his­tory and cur­rent day busi­ness re­la­tions be­tween Turkey and Rus­sia. In re­cent years in par­tic­u­lar, eco­nomic con­sid­er­a­tions have kept any crit­i­cism be­tween the two states ex­tremely muted; whether cur­rent ten­sions over Syria will change this pat­tern re­mains in the bal­ance. Dr. Ayşem Bi­riz Karaçay (Koç Univer­sity), mean­while, looks at mi­gra­tion pat­terns be­tween the two states, the role of pioneer mi­grants in par­tic­u­lar.

En­ergy is a key tie be­tween the two coun­tries, and a re­port from Danila Bochkarev of the EastWest In­sti­tute ex­am­ines the lat­est in a se­ries of en­ergy projects link­ing Ankara and Moscow -- Turk­ish Stream -- and the likely role played by Brus­sels in the project’s ul­ti­mate suc­cess (or oth­er­wise).

Look­ing be­yond Rus­sia it­self, Jane and Raphael Bern­stein Pro­fes­sor of Asian Stud­ies and His­tory at Car­leton Col­lege Adeeb Khalid pro­vides a de­tailed ac­count of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Is­lam and the state in Cen­tral Asia. While reli­gious ex­trem­ism does ex­ist in Cen­tral Asia, Prof. Khalid warns that “discourses of dan­ger” only serve to ex­ag­ger­ate the threat of such ex­trem­ism and con­ceal the au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism of lo­cal regimes.

A fi­nal fea­ture on Russo-Turk­ish re­la­tions comes in the form of Two Views, which this is­sue asks Halil Akıncı, a former Turk­ish am­bas­sador to Rus­sia, and As­soc. Prof. Alexan­der Sot­nichenko from the School of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, Saint Peters­burg State Univer­sity, to share their thoughts on the two states’ ties.

Also in this is­sue, Prof. Mo­ham­mad-Reza Djalili (Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional and De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies of Geneva) and Prof. Thierry Kellner (Univer­sité Li­bre de Brux­elles) re­veal the “fic­tion and re­al­ity” of the rise of Iran in the Mid­dle East, and ask whether the sign­ing of the nu­clear agree­ment be­tween Tehran and the P5+1 is likely to con­trib­ute to a shift in Iran’s re­gional pol­icy.

Mov­ing to the do­mes­tic agenda: June saw Turkey hold a gen­eral elec­tion that dra­mat­i­cally changed Par­lia­ment’s com­po­si­tion but left the par­ties elected un­able to bro­ker a power-shar­ing deal. The coun­try is there­fore head­ing back to the bal­lot box on Nov. 1. Both Think Tank Tracker and the Last Word (the lat­ter with As­soc. Prof Erik Till­man of DePaul Univer­sity) look at the sig­nif­i­cance and the im­pli­ca­tions of the June elec­tions for democ­racy in Turkey.

And fi­nally, this is­sue in­cludes pho­tos com­mem­o­rat­ing those who lost their lives in a se­ries of bomb­ings in Turkey this year. Turk­ish Re­view cel­e­brates the re­silience of the sur­vivors, mourns the de­parted and joins voices with all those de­mand­ing peace, right now.

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