High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and EU commissineer Olhi Rehn give a press conference at the end of the session of the EU General Affairs & External Relations Council in Brussels. European foreign ministers criticised Turkey for failing to deal normally with Cyprus.(AFP/Georges Gobet)
The show is on! Thousands of people who are in one way or the other involved in discussing climate change, have arrived in Copenhagen. Civil servants, journalists and activists from all over the globe will spend almost two weeks together in the Danish capital, hoping that in the end the world leaders will step in and come up with the magic solution. Let?s hope they do.”
C. Akça ATAÇ received her PhD in History from Bilkent University. Among her research interests, there are the theories and rhetoric of empire, neo-Stoicism, historical cosmopolitanism and definitions of normativism. On topics of empire and normativism, she has published both in the international and national referred journals and the newspapers and popular magazines. She spent the summer term as a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA and currently teaches Diplomatic History at Çankaya University, Ankara.
A student of theories and history of empire, though contemplates mostly on the non-existent or the past, cannot remain indifferent to the contemporary manifestations of empire or resurface of imperial aspirations. The
Until now, I have strongly defended Turkey?s EU membership bid. I have thought that this would significantly contribute to Turkey, the EU, the world peace, stability and economy. However, the recent developments make me question my thoughts on the issue.
I can?t help but ask myself if I am wrong?