Issue Brief posted May 15, 2013
U.S.–Turkish Relations: Greater Cooperation Should Be Goal of Obama–Erdogan Meeting
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Washington this week amid escalating and intertwined Middle East crises. Turkey is a key NATO ally that borders Syria, Iran, and Iraq: three major focal points of U.S. Middle East policy. President Obama should consult with Prime Minister Erdogan to coordinate policies on these three fronts and to encourage Turkey to…
Backgrounder posted March 15, 2012
How the U.S. Should Respond to Russia's Unhelpful Role in the Middle East
Abstract: Russia is pursuing a Middle Eastern policy that is designed to reduce U.S. and Western influence in the Middle East, even at the risk of Islamist terrorism, which is a growing problem in Russia. It views the recent upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa as an American conspiracy to undermine Russia and friendly regimes in the region. Russia’s Soviet…
WebMemo posted February 2, 2011
How the EU’s Prevarication Advances the AKP’s Agenda in Turkey
In 2005, Turkey formally fulfilled the European Union’s “Copenhagen Criteria” to achieve official candidate status. However, the EU has not negotiated with Ankara in good faith, and Turkey’s membership prospects are badly stalled.
Unfortunately, the EU’s contrived negotiating position has provided the AKP with an opportunity to pursue an agenda that better reflects…
WebMemo posted September 17, 2010
Turkey’s Referendum: A Looming Challenge to U.S. Interests?
On September 12, 2010, Turkey took an important political step away from its secular nature—and, indirectly, away from its alliance with the United States and NATO. Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan forced a nationwide referendum to accept or reject 26 constitutional amendments for an up-or-down vote. The referendum passed 58 percent to 42 percent, a victory that Erdogan…
Backgrounder posted October 14, 1987
"Turkey: An Increasingly Key Strategic Asset for the U.S"
(Archived document, may contain errors)
i 609 October 14, 1987 TURKEX AN INCRE ASINGLY KEY STRATEGIC
ASSET FOR THE US INIRODUCIION At a time when war and chaos in the
Persian Gulf remind policymakers how difficult it is to.deal with
Middle Eastern states, Turkey remains a rock of stability and
reliability in the eastern Mediterranea n . Yet the U.S.…