New book to be added to the Arab Democracy Foundation publication series: "The Arab-Turkish Dialogue: Between Past and Present"
The Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF), the Center for Arab Unity Studies CAUS), and the Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) published a book titled The Arab-Turkish Dialogue: Between Past and Present. The book includes the most important working papers, research pieces, and some of the comments that were presented during the forum organized by the three partners around the topic of Arab-Turkish dialogue, late November 2009 in Istanbul.
Several Arab and Turkish researchers contributed to the 560-page book through the presentations they made during the forum, featuring Hatem Ete, Muneer Al-Hamash, Mohammad Al-Aayyed Salim, Meliha Altunisik, Siyar Al-Jameel and many others. These latter explored many issues relating to Arab-Turkish relations from the perspective of strategic Turkish choices with regards to the Arab region, areas of cooperation, and political and economic coordination both regionally and internationally. The strategic Arab perspective of Turkish politics and its economic and political orientations was also at the core of the discussions.
The book also described numerous changes that have occurred on both sides since the early 1990s and up until the end of the first decade of the 21st century. It delved deep into discussing problematic issues that are as relevant in the Arab states as they are in Turkey, namely the question of of identity, religious trends and Islamic movements, the military and power, and the democratic issues as a whole.
The conclusion offered to the reader the essence of the researchers’ work, to be converted into a future action plan aiming to reinvigorate the Arab-Turkish relations in a way that serves both parties. It would also help consolidate economic and political cooperation, in order to address the threats looming on both sides united by geography and a shared historical legacy.
This new book is an addition to the series of publications that ADF has begun to issue, for the sake of enriching Arab thinking and opening up new horizons of dialogue in the Arab region about contemporary issues.