The Importance of Being European: Turkey, the EU & the Middle East

The papers in this volume are grouped around five major themes providing an overvew of key issues influencing Turkish-European Union Relations.

Goren Nimrod & Nachmani Amikam, The Importance of Being European: Turkey, the EU & the Middle East, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007.

Turkey's relations with the EU are important for the Middle East and for Israel in particular. As a predominantly Muslim country which enjoys good relations with both Israel and he Arab world, Turkey can play constructive role in the Middle East peace process. As Turkey comes closer to joining the EU, the foreign has shifted from one reflecting American interests to one reflecting European ones. Thus Turkey's membership could promote the EU's hope to become a more significant factor in conflict resolution attempts in Middle East.

The papers in this volume are grouped around five major themes: the first provides an overview of key issues influencing "Turkish-European Union Relations"; The second theme focuses on "Turkey in the world" analyzing Turkey's relations with its non-European neighbors and with the United States; The third theme deals with "Turkish society" and how it is affected by the accession process; The fourth theme examines "Turkey's role in the Middle East" from historical and contemporary viewpoints; The fifth theme addresses "Turks in Europe", dealing with the phenomenon of Muslim immigration into Europe and especially with the Turkish community in Germany.


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