Turkey's New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States

Turkey's New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States
Turkey's New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States
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Until a few years ago, the relationship between Washington and Ankara was perennially troubled and occasionally terrible. Turkey opposed the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and complained that the Pentagon was allowing Iraqi Kurds too much autonomy, leading to deteriorating security along the Iraq-Turkish border. Disagreements over how to respond to Iran’s nuclear program; U.S. suspicions regarding Turkey’s outreach efforts to Iran and Syria; and differences over Armenia, Palestinians, and the Black Sea further strained ties. However, Turkey is now seen as responding to its local challenges by moving closer to the West. The United States has called the U.S.-Turkish relationship a “model partnership” and Turkey “a critical ally.” For a partnership between Turkey and the United States to endure, Turkey must adopt more of a collective transatlantic perspective, crack down harder on terrorist activities, and resolve a domestic democratic deficit. At the same time, Europeans should show more flexibility meeting Turkey’s security concerns regarding the European Union, while the United States should adopt a more proactive policy toward resolving potential sources of tensions between Ankara and Washington that could worsen significantly at any time.

RICHARD WEITZ is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia, as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Dr. Weitz is also an expert at Wikistrat and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Before joining Hudson in 2005, Weitz worked for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Defense Science Board, DFI International, Inc., Center for Strategic Studies, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Weitz has authored or edited several books and monographs, including Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st-Century Strategy (2013); Global Security Watch-China (2013); two volumes of National Security Case Studies (2012 and 2008); War and Governance: International Security in a Changing World Order (2011); The Russian Military Today and Tomorrow (2010); Global Security Watch-Russia (2009); China-Russia Security Relations (2008); Mismanaging Mayhem: How Washington Responds to Crisis (2008); The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis (2007); and Revitalising U.S.–Russian Security Cooperation: Practical Measures (2005). Dr. Weitz holds a B.A. with Highest Honors in government from Harvard College, an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics, an M.Phil. in politics from the Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

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This text provides an historical overview of U.S.-Turkey relations.  Military and political science historians, NATO personnel and military; and U.S. and Turkey leaders and diplomats may have an interest in this book that explains the pivotal role that Turkey plays in U.S. relations with Middle Eastern countries.  Undergraduate and graduate students completing coursework on U.S. foreign policy with Middle Eastern countries, and specifically Turkey, will find comprehensive information in this book.

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