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The Turkey Initiative of the Joint Center was launched in 2006. The main aim of the Initiative is to function as a nexus for expertise, knowledge and information on Turkish politics, society, and foreign relations. For more information please see the Turkey Initiative Mission Section.


Halil M. Karaveli, Reconciling Statism with Freedom: Turkey's Kurdish Opening, Silk Road Paper, October 2010.

Gareth Jenkins, Between Fact and Fantasy: Turkey's Ergenekon Investigation, Silk Road Paper, August 2009. [Turkish version]

Svante E. Cornell and Halil Magnus Karaveli, Prospects for a 'Torn' Turkey: A Secular and Unitary Future?, Silk Road Paper, October 2008.

Recent Analyses in the Turkey Analyst:

Svante E. Cornell, "Implications of the Failed Turkish-Armenian Normalization Process", 15 March 2010 issue. 
Gareth H. Jenkins, "Waiting for Basbug: The Aftermath of the Sledgehammer Operation Detentions", 1 March 2010 issue.

Halil M. Karaveli, "Will the Reversal of the Regime of Military Tutelage Encourage a Reinvention of Turkey's Secular Camp?", 1 March 2010 issue.

M. K. Kaya and Halil M. Karaveli, "Turkey's Position between Iran and the West is Proving Increasingly Difficult to SustaiN", 15 February issue.

Richard Weitz, "Turkey's Efforts to Support Afghanistan's Reconstruction", 15 February issue.

Halil M. Karaveli, "Though Military is Marginalized, Turkey's Liberalization Remains Elusive", 1 February 2010 issue.

Gareth Jenkins, "Is Time Running Out on Cyprus Reunification?", 1 February 2010 issue.

Svante E. Cornell, "As Dogan Yields, Turkish Media Freedom Plummets", 18 January 2010 issue.

Richard Weitz, "Turkey and Russia Deepen Energy Partnership", 18 January 2010 issue.

Recent Publications

Halil M. Karaveli, "An Unfulfilled Promise of Enlightenment: Kemalism and Its Liberal Critics," Turkish Studies, vol. 11 no. 1, 2010.

Svante E. Cornell, "'Moderate Islam' in Turkey," in SAISPHERE 2009-10: Religion's Grasp on World Affairs, pp. 16-19. 

Gareth Jenkins, Between Fact and Fantasy: Turkey's Ergenekon Investigation, Silk Road Paper, August 2009.

Halil M. Karaveli, "Obama Tackles Islam's Role in Society", Real Clear World, 10 April 2009/ Jerusalem Post, 19 April 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "Turkey's Drift Away from the West", Jersualem Post, 14 January 2009.

Svante E. Cornell and Halil Magnus Karaveli, Prospects for a 'Torn' Turkey: A Secular and Unitary Future?, Silk Road Paper, October 2008.

Michael Jonsson and Svante E. Cornell, "Examining PKK Financing", Jane's Intelligence Review, March 2008.

Volkan Özdemir, "Turkey's Role in European Energy Security", in Svante Cornell and Niklas Nilsson, eds., Europe's Energy Security: Gazprom's Dominance and Caspian Supply Alternatives, Stockholm & Washington: CACI & SRSP Joint Center, 2008.

Svante E. Cornell and Kemal Kaya, "Turkey's Elections: Democratic Islamists?", SAISPHERE, December 2007.

H. M. Karaveli, "But A New Form of Kemalism would Make a Better Friend", Europe's World, Autumn 2007.

Kemal Kaya, "Turkey", in S. Frederick Starr, ed., The New Silk Roads:Transport and Trade in Greater Central Asia, Stockholm & Washington: CACI & SRSP Joint Center, 2007.

Zeyno Baran, "Don't Misread Turkey's Generals", Testimony to the U.S. Senate, 30 April 2007.

Svante Cornell & Per Häggström, "EU kan driva bort Turkiet" [EU could alienate Turkey], Uppsala Nya Tidning, 18 December 2006.

Svante E. Cornell, Anna Jonsson, Niklas Nilsson and Per Häggström, The Wider Black Sea Region: An Emerging Hub in European Security, CACI & SRSP Silk Road Paper, December 2006. (120 pp)

For more publications please see our Publications section


April 1
Svante Cornell, "Keeping Turkey in the West", presentation to SAIS Advisory Council, Washington DC.

November 19, 2007
CACI Forum "Does Turkey Have a Future in Central Asia and the Caucasus?" with Zeyno Baran and Svante Cornell. Summary now online.

June 7, 2007

Turkey Forum in Stockholm on Turkey's role in European Energy Security, Prof. Mustafa Aydin, TOBB University

May 15, 2007
Turkey Forum in Stockholm on Terrorism in Turkey, Prof. Ali Caglar, Hacettepe University

May 10, 2007
Turkey Forum in Stockholm on the political developments in the Turkish presidential elections.

December 2006
Svante Cornell, "Turkey and the West", Presentation to Zbigniew Brzezinski's Monthly Current Affairs Luncheon, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, 11 December 2006.

For recent events please see our activities section



 The Turkey Initiative publishes the biweekly Turkey Analyst. The Turkey Analyst publishes analysis and news digests on Turkish domestic and foreign affairs, in an accessible and up-to-date format. It aspires to provide nuanced analysis of the complex and rapidly evolving Turkish scene. The publication's content is freely available online, and each issue can be downloaded in PDF format for easy viewing and printing.


Svante E. Cornell

Gareth Jenkins

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Halil Magnus Karaveli
Senior Fellow, Managing Editor

Dr. M. Kemal Kaya
Nonresident Senior Fellow

Zeyno Baran
Senior Advisor

Amb. Ann Dismorr
Senior Advisor