Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

In order to prepare for a new chapter in Turkish-American relations, it is essential to assess the incoming Obama Administration and to objectively analyze the implications for Turkey. The selection of the new Obama cabinet reveals a great deal concerning indications of the main people and policies that will come to drive and define Turkish-American relations. As the preliminary signs from the incoming Obama Administration suggest, Turkey will only benefit from the pronounced background on Turkish issues among Obama’s main security decisionmakers. Most significantly, the broader opportunity for a fresh start in Turkish- U.S. relations will only be bolstered by the Obama team’s recognition of Turkey’s geopolitical role as a rising regional power.

 

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Richard Giragosian
Richard Giragosian
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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