Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

The Obama administration might rebrand the U.S. in Turkey and reduce the scope for anti-Americanism, but we should be wary of expecting an automatic improvement in the relationship. There are many obstacles to negotiate, particularly with respect to the Middle East. The turn of events, especially in Iraq, might highlight awkward differences. Furthermore, Washington is likely to interpret multilateralism to include support from its friend when its initiatives fail. For Turkey in particular this might bring some difficult dilemmas, and raise questions concerning some of Turkey’s diplomatic relationships.

 

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William Park
William Park
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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