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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