Independent and cutting-edge analysis on global affairs

Transatlantic Policy Quarterly (TPQ), formerly the Turkish Policy Quarterly, is an Istanbul-based journal aiming to foster original thinking and constructive policy debates  on global issues. The journal has been published on a quarterly basis since 2002.

Over the past 20 years, TPQ has provided balanced, inter-disciplinary, and independent coverage to its global audiences. TPQ engages decision makers, opinion leaders, practitioners, the business community, international investors, and members of the media and academia. A list of some of the well-known individuals who have contributed articles or interviews to TPQ can be seen on this page:

Articles range from 2000 to 3500 words, analytical in style and ideally geared at constructive policy recommendations. All the content, articles and information can be accessed on TPQ's website.

TPQ's hardcopy circulation per issue is 3000 copies. Besides our individual subscribers, hardcopy distribution includes university libraries, embassies and consulates, international think tanks, decision makers, political players, practitioners, and journalists- all in Europe, the US, Turkey, and around the globe.

TPQ has been included in the official packages for participants of NATO, OIC, and IMF summits in Istanbul, and is present with stands at most relevant conferences taking place throughout Turkey, including the annual Energy and Economic Forum of the Atlantic Council. In addition to publishing the hardcopy of the journal and providing the content online free of charge, TPQ is included in EBSCO's online research databases, used by millions of subscribers every day. The TPQ team also translates abbreviated versions of selected TPQ articles into Turkish for reprint in various Turkish newspapers and online portals.

The digital-only TPQ Opinion presents opinion articles on world events. Most opinion pieces run from 1000 to 1300 words, although we sometimes publish shorter or longer texts as well. To learn more about TPQ Opinion, check out the following link:

In addition, TPQ regularly holds roundtables to further foster discussions – more information about TPQ Roundtables can be seen in this page:

TPQ Roundtables have been held with distinguished partners and corporate sponsors including BP Turkey, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the MATRA Fund of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul, the German Marshall Fund of the United States – Black Sea Trust, the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SAM), Istanbul Bilgi University, Kadir Has University, and NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, to name but a few. TPQ roundtables generate high interest among the press, which greatly increases the outreach of the events. 

TPQ sustains itself financially through advertisements by corporate sponsors (among which are the leading banks and companies of Turkey), subscriptions, and sales in Turkish bookstores. The journal also relies on in-kind support and volunteers. In addition, issue-based partnership has been pursued with various organizations such as AmCham Turkey/ABFT (Winter 2019/20), the Atlantic Council (Fall 2018), the Halifax International Security Forum (Winter 2019, Summer 2019), the Matra Social Transformation Programme of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2018), NATO's Public Diplomacy Division (Summer 2004, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019, Summer 2020, Summer 2021, the EU Commission (Spring 2006), and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Winter 2013, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Spring 2022).

Honorarium is not provided to authors. The journal aspires to trigger policy debate and therefore is not peer reviewed for academic qualifications.

Statements of facts and opinions are the responsibility of the authors alone and do not imply the endorsement of the editor or the publisher.

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