in Turkey: facing a new millennium


Individuals and institutes helped me in writing this book. Some gave good advice; some gave access to documents; some financial support. Without their help this research would not have been completed. Much of this work was written during my 1998/1999 sabbatical year, which I spent it in Ankara, Turkey, where I was the Israeli visiting professor at the Middle East Technical University, Department of International Relations, and in Athens, Greece, where I was a research fellow of the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. I am indebted for the assistance and support given to me in Ankara and Athens, and for the helpful and inspiring atmosphere of learning that I found in both institutions. My very special thanks are extended to the Israeli embassy in Ankara, headed by Ambassador Uri Bar-Ner, who eased hardships and loneliness. So did Dr. Wilhelm Humen, who headed the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Turkey branch. Mr Jacob Schibby and Dr John Nomikos were the best of friends and companionship in Athens; to them I owe a great debt of gratitude. I talked to officials in Ankara and Athens whom I thank for granting me their precious time and I respect their wish to remain anonymous. The deepest of gratitude is to Nitza, Shira, Amos and Hagai, who, with admirable fortitude, endured – and survived – the years of spiritual, almost physical presence in our house of Turkey in the 1990s.

Dr Inbal Rose from Jerusalem; Rachel Armstrong, Carol Lucas, Richard Delahunty, Tony Mason, and an anonymous reader – all at Manchester University Press – have helped to turn an impossible manuscript into a book. The Harry S. Truman Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the BESA Center for Strategic Studies, the Department for Political Studies, the Judith Steinman Foundation and the Schnitzer Foundation – all at Bar-Ilan University – have generously lent their financial support, for which I am deeply grateful.

Since September 2000, vicious, beastly and brutal terror attacks have been launched in my country. My neighborhood in Jerusalem has been attacked, as have Bar-Ilan University and the Hebrew University. Writing a book on Turkey in the 1990s turned to be the most prudent means to remain sane.

Amikam Nachmani
Bar-Ilan University

Turkey: facing a new millennium

Coping with intertwined conflicts


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