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When Turkey’s Parliament on March 1, 2003 failed to approve the Bush Administration’s request for a “northern front” against Iraq, it became clear that the Iraq War would prove a watershed in U.S.-Turkish strategic partnership. Left unanswered at the time were fundamental questions of how relations would develop after such a shock. Two years later, the answers are largely in, and they are not reassuring. In such key areas as Iraq, defense and diplomatic cooperation, and economic relations, the tone and substance of U.S.-Turkish partnership has become more “allergic” than “strategic.”  Condoleeza Rice’s early 2005 visit to Ankara may be a turning point.  But it will take more than just nice words to keep this relationship from reverting to the caustic default mode of recent years...Please click here to read the text in full.
 

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Mark Parris
Mark Parris
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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