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Turkey is a key ally of the United States and an important member of the NATO alliance. Ankara is also a strategic gateway to the Middle East and an influential regional player. In recent years though, Ankara’s foreign policy as set by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has increasingly diverged from U.S. interests on a broad set of issues. Nowhere has this been more visible than vis-à-vis Iran. Questions are being asked whether Turkey will be a reliable ally in containing Iran’s growing military power, Tehran’s illicit nuclear program and its growing malevolent political influence.
What are Turkey’s foreign policy goals regarding Iran and how will they affect Ankara’s relations with the United States and NATO?
More About the Speakers
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Turkey Editor, Fair Observer
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Senior Policy Analyst, European Affairs