Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

Once called the “Model Partnership,” the Turkey-U.S. relations were in a semi-crises mode by the time the Arab Spring began in the early months of 2011. Much of the initial optimism that was created following the mesmerizing bilateral visit by President Obama to Turkey was dented significantly by disagreements over various regional and conceptual issues between the two countries later on. By the beginning of 2011, the uprisings across the greater Middle East have not only challenged those states at where they took place but also others who have vast interests in the region, such as Turkey and the U.S. –whose bilateral ties were also impacted as a result. 

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İlhan Tanır
İlhan Tanır
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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