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A New Era for TPQ: Transatlantic Policy Quarterly

Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) has been a leading forum for serious discussion of Turkish foreign policy since its founding in 2002, and in turn has contributed to improved policymaking. Throughout its 20-year history, the journal has been committed to providing accurate and nonpartisan analysis at the right time to the right people, so they can make informed decisions. Initially devoted to Turkey and its region, the journal quickly established itself as an influential source covering global issues by featuring contributions from distinguished editors and authors. We believe it is time for Turkish Policy Quarterly to move forward with a new identity. We have decided to rename the journal to Transatlantic Policy Quarterly (TPQ) from now on. Considering all of our global reach, we felt this was an exciting and rational move. TPQ is dedicated to editorial and curatorial policies that reflect a global perspective without sacrificing its roots. Essentially, this means that our coverage will be extended beyond what we already provide.

TPQ is available in both print and online editions. We enjoy reading the print TPQ as much as you do, but we also enjoy exploring the increasingly large world of online writing. Therefore, we have recently launched TPQ Opinion exclusively online. The purpose of this section is to provide a platform for the discussion of a wide variety of topics.  Furthermore, it is an acknowledgment of the aggressive digital initiatives we have been undertaking. Our primary objective remains the same: to create more high-quality content in order to reach a wider audience. In addition, we strive to maintain the interest of our readers, as putting together an opinion piece requires a collaborative effort.

TPQ has faced numerous challenges over the last two decades, during which the world has suffered through devastating financial and cultural downturns, as well as wars. All the while, TPQ's team was responsible for working with decision makers, opinion leaders, practitioners, international investors, media representatives, and academia to bring its content to life. Diversity has therefore always been an integral part of our editorial strategy. People occasionally get surprised by our invitations because they do not think we would reach out to them to write for us. Furthermore, we also appreciate hearing from authors whose voices are unfamiliar to us. Our rules are simple, but simple rules are not always easy to follow. They require constant attention to detail. Specifically, we are looking for certain standards in terms of style and grammar, strong arguments and logical reasoning. TPQ has always adhered to these standards and will continue to do so.

In 2002, TPQ's founders made an initial bet that its readers would be interested in a journal that aimed to encourage constructive policy dialogue. In fact, we are making essentially the same bet now, 20 years later, but at a time when the balance of power in the creation of society appears to be moving in the opposite direction. There is no doubt in our minds that TPQ will play a crucial role in counterbalancing this movement.

Selim Alan
Selim Alan

Selim Alan is the former Editor-in-Chief of Transatlantic Policy Quarterly.

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