There may be a lot of grumbling in parts of Europe about German arrogance in dealing with the euro crisis, but it has not interfered with record numbers of people immigrating to Germany. Last year that number totaled more than a million new immigrants (Statistisches Bundesamt), a wave not seen in over… Read more >
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened a new Embassy in Berlin this week and used that platform to assert not only Germany’s importance for Turkey, but also to underscore Turkey’s changing perception of itself and its options. Standing in front of the largest Turkish Embassy in the world, Erdoğan spoke… Read more >
Many thought the Arab Spring would be a turning point not only across the Middle East region, but also in relations with its neighbors. Rana Deep Islam argues that the time is ripe for greater EU-Turkey cooperation in addressing ongoing risks — including international terrorism, the spread of WMD, and organized crime. … Read more >
Though politicians use the word “historic” in a fairly inflationary way, there is no better terminology for describing what the international community is witnessing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The uprisings that are sweeping over the region astonished Western observers as they replaced an existent narrative. After the 9/11… Read more >
In Turkey and Germany – Stable Economies, Stable Ties?, Humboldt University graduate student and former AICGS intern Ursula Moffitt explains the political and economic path Turkey has taken to become a “model” country in the region. According to Ms. Moffitt, because of the relative stability and success in Turkey in recent years, Germany should look to strengthen the “privileged partnership” it shares with Turkey in the wake of the current euro zone crisis.
In his essay 50 Years After: What Germany and Turkey Need is a State Treaty, Rana Deep Islam, Ph.D. student at Erlangen University and former DAAD/AICGS Fellow, reflects on the current state of German citizens with a Turkish background following the 50th anniversary of the guest workers agreement between Germany and Turkey. According to Mr. Islam, while German politics have been slow to fully welcome Turkish integration, Berlin must act quickly to forge stronger ties with Ankara.
Asiye Kaya is a social scientist, and is currently a DAAD Visiting Professor at the BMW Center for German and European Studies. Dr Kaya is associated with the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University Berlin and a non-resident fellow in the program “Society, Culture and Politics” at the American institute for… Read more >
On June 22, 2011, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a seminar with DAAD/AICGS Fellow Rana Deep Islam on “The Politics of Dilemma – Turkish-European Approaches Toward Syria.” The seminar was supported by a generous grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The idea of Turkey as a… Read more >
Following Israel’s refusal to apologize for last year’s attack on a Gaza Aid Flotilla, Turkey has cut diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv. According to former AICGS Fellow Rana Islam, Turkey’s decision goes completely against their “zero problems” agenda and further threatens an already unstable region. However, all hope may not yet be lost.
As Turkey continues to push for membership in the EU, many factors play a role in whether or not its acceptance will take hold. In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Rana Deep Islam looks at Turkey and the EU’s respective foreign policy strategies, using the recent unrest in Syria as a… Read more >