Ambassador Ozdem Sanberk, Director of the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK) says that as the U.S. disengages from the Middle East, Turkey has an opportunity to
assume a greater role in the region. Sanberk stressed that the U.S. – Turkey relationship has gained in importance with the Arab awakening.
In an interview with Barcın Yinanc of the Hurriyet Daily News, Sanberk said, “Even though the U.S. is disengaging from the Middle East, there is a brand-new area for U.S.-Turkish cooperation. We will try to bring our policies closer. The importance of Turkish-U.S. cooperation has increased with the Arab Spring.”