Turkey and the West: At a Strategic Crossroads in Global Forecast: the Top Security Challenges of 2008
November 14, 2007
A sound relationship with Turkey is central to advancing a broad range of U.S. interests in Eurasia and the Middle East. Profound changes in Turkish politics and society—reflected in the dramatic 2007 electoral victories of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)—as well as shifts in relations with neighbors have altered many Turks’ views of their national interests. Years of papering over differences and a number of festering near-term problems have strained bilateral relations with the United States and Europe. This situation has raised concerns that Turkey will drift from its Euro-Atlantic moorings, with damaging consequences for its allies.
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