Saturday, October 18, 2008

Merhaba, Security Council!

Turkey just won a two-year term on the UN Security Council!

The UN Security Council is the part of the United Nations that maintains international peace and security, and can be likened to a state government's executive branch. There are 15 seats on the Security Council: 5 permanent members (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China) and 10 rotating members.

The rotating members are chosen according to the number of seats allocated per region (i.e. Europe, Asia, Africa). The Turks, along with Austria, beat Iceland for the Security Council's European vacancies.

Having Turkey on the Security Council could not have come at a better time. Both "Western" and "Eastern," the country can play a major role in mediating between the two regions. Issues like Iran's nuclear program, for example, could potentially be more easily resolved through a Turkish mediator.

I'm not in any way implying that Turkey is perfect here. The country, like all countries, has certain setbacks and blemishes in its history. But it also has incredible potential. So seeing it in the Security Council after so long (the last time it had a seat there was 1961!) is pretty exciting. And it's definitely a bonus for EU membership.

Can't wait to see what Turkey does with its new role on the international stage. But for now, I'm celebrating with some Turkish coffee and Turkish delight.

Çok güsel, Türkiye!

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