Turkish-U.S. relations arguably reached its highest point in 1999, highlighted by President Clinton’s five-day visit to Turkey in November of the same year. A very strong argument can be made today that in a period of five years, Turkish-U.S. relations have reached a low point, perhaps the lowest in decades. This paper analyzes how Turkey and the U.S. got to this low point, with anecdotes, relating concrete cases and highlighting examples of mismanagement and bad judgment by both Turkey and the U.S. The past and present relations are compared on multiple dimensions with a critical yet constructive perspective, drawing conclusions on how to move forward, albeit incrementally and within the framework of a new paradigm.
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