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Turkey

  1. 1. Turkey
  2. 2. Headings of Economist Special Report <ul><li>Pillar of the International Community </li></ul><ul><li>Bounced back from economic meltdown in 2000-2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Anatolian tigers- #1 exporter of cement </li></ul><ul><li>low wages, poor business practices </li></ul><ul><li>Will Turkey join the EU? Not until it resolves the problems of Cypress and the Kurds </li></ul>
  3. 3. Kurds <ul><li>Constitution article 166: inhabitants of Turkey are Turks </li></ul><ul><li>Turkey restricts most forms of Kurdish identity (language, schools, official recognition of the minority) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Headings of Economist Special Report, continued <ul><li>9/2010 Referendum on changing the judiciary passed with strong support outside of Istanbul </li></ul><ul><li>Erdogan displays autocratic instincts and the press feels restricted </li></ul><ul><li>CHP (Ataturk’s party), wants to prevent AK gaining a majority </li></ul><ul><li>Erdogan wants &quot;to finish the makeover of Turkey by [2023], the centennial of the republic.&quot; </li></ul>
  5. 5. Turkey relations with Syria <ul><li>Syrians flooding into Turkey as Syrian forces crack down on protesters </li></ul><ul><li>Turkey is taking a stance against Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on his people by remaining to keep the borders porous </li></ul>
  6. 6. International Crisis Group says <ul><li>“ Here are ten outstanding diplomatic and political tasks that we think should be tackled with determination by the new Turkish government http://bit.ly/iGuw4r .” </li></ul><ul><li>1. Relaunch Turkey’s EU accession process </li></ul><ul><li>2. Fix Cyprus </li></ul><ul><li>3. Undertake broad, inclusive constitutional reform </li></ul>
  7. 7. Top 10 continued <ul><li>4. Broaden and deepen reforms to solve the Kurdish problem </li></ul><ul><li>5. Sustain Turkey’s engagement in the Middle East </li></ul><ul><li>6. Seek chances to normalise relations with Israel </li></ul><ul><li>7. Seize any opportunity to normalise relations with Armenia </li></ul>
  8. 8. Top 10 continued <ul><li>8. Finesse the Aegean Sea dispute </li></ul><ul><li>9. Seek long-term domestic improvements, prioritizing the judiciary, the education system, women’s rights and freedom of expression </li></ul><ul><li>10. Continue to widen democratic participation </li></ul>
  9. 9. articles <ul><li>http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2010/1101_turkey_us_relations_taspinar.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2010/1108_turkey_us_taspinar.aspx </li></ul>

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