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  • EU conditionality and desecuritization nexus in Turkey 

    Borrowing the Copenhagen school's lexicon of desecuritization the present paper appraises the EU's role as a desecuritizing agent for Turkey with a particular focus on security speech-acts about Kurdish separatism' and political Islam'. Taking up the illustrative cases of silencing the military and abandoning limits to freedom of speech reflected in EU-Turkey accession documents this paper observes the ways in which the EU membership conditionality has been an important catalyst for Turkey's ...

  • The NATO-EU-Turkey trilogy: the impact of the Cyprus conundrum 

    The Cyprus conundrum presents a major challenge to western security structures and relationships in particular with regard to Turkey's European Union (EU) accession process and the stalled Berlin plus arrangements between NATO and the EU. This article argues that the Cyprus question is neither the sole reason for blocking the progress nor is its resolution the panacea for unblocking the interwoven stalemate in the NATO-EU and the EU-Turkey relationships. In this context this article will first ...