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Turkey has long been a key NATO partner and a strategic ally of Europe and the United States. However, Turkish and U.S. interests in the Middle East, especially Iran, as well as Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Persian Gulf, have recently diverged. On critical issues, including the Iranian nuclear program and Israeli-Palestinian relations, Turkey currently stands at odds with the United States. Ankara even voted against the United Nations Security Council’s fourth round of sanctions against Iran.
Leading U.S. policymakers blame Turkey’s strategic drift on the European Union’s failure to negotiate accession in good faith. On its current trajectory, Turkey’s relationship with the West could well devolve into a looser affiliation, while Ankara enters into a closer alliance with Iran and other Middle Eastern powers hostile to U.S. global leadership.
Join us as our panelists examine recent trends in U.S.-European-Turkish relations and look at ways for the United States and Europe to address these emerging differences.
More About the Speakers
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies
Senior Policy Analyst, European Affairs, The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
Walid Phares, Ph.D.
Director, Future of Terrorism Project, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies
Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations