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Obama’s Best Friend? The Alarming Evolution of U.S.-Turkish Relations

By: Dr. Ariel Cohen / Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Dr. Ariel Cohen penned the 100th report of Begin-Sadat Center’s Middle East Security and Policy Studies. Cohen is a senior research fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at the Katherine and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Policy at The Heritage Foundation. Below is the executive summary of the report, which you can access in full here.     


Testing Turkey

By: Soner Cagaptay / Foreign Affairs For all the talk of Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbors,” no amount of soft power has been able to protect the country from the protracted civil war in Syria. Now over two years old, that conflict has laid bare Ankara’s inability to match Tehran’s influence in the region — or even to secure itself against violence as the conflict has spilled over its borders. After years of trying to go it alone in the Middle East, Turkey’s leaders and public must face the fact that their country needs the United States and NATO for security and stability. 


A Statesman’s Forum with H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey

On May 17, the Center on the U.S. and Europe at Brookings hosted a Stateman’s Forum with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In his remarks, Mr. Erdoğan reflected on three terms of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) leadership during a period of rapid evolution for Turkey and its role in the world. Brookings President Strobe Talbott introduced Mr. Erdoğan. At the conclusion of the Prime Minister’s remarks, Brookings TUSIAD Senior Fellow Kemal Kirişci moderated a discussion. You can find Kirişci’s comments ahead of Erdoğan’s visit at The National Interest, here. 


The Washington Institute publishes "The New Turkey and U.S. policy"

Soner Çağaptay of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy offers insight into the trends shaping Turkey’s policies today and highlights what this means for the future U.S. Turkey relations in a new strategic report titled “The New Turkey and U.S. policy.” 

Anatolian Janus – The AKP's Strategic Depth Doctrine and Turkey's Reemergence in the Middle East

Under the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey has reemerged as a major power in the Middle East, mediating between Israel and Syria and facilitating in the nuclear standoff between Iran and the US. For some, this signals that Turkey has turned away from the West and joined ranks with the Muslim-majority countries it borders; for others, that the US is no longer an unrivaled power in the region. However, neither of these analyses is completely accurate. Turkey’s current foreign policy of active engagement to resolve regional conflicts in order to enhance its regional power, also known as the Strategic Depth Doctrine, is the brainchild of the AKP, not the entire Turkish foreign policy establishment. While Turkey’s mediation has taken place without the US, Turkey’s goals in the region still generally match the US’s. Turkey’s efforts may well prove futile, yet they reflect a true shift in the balance of power in the region and a change from past Turkish foreign policy, one that will affect US strategy in the region for the foreseeable future. Full Report: Anatolian Janus – The AKP’s Strategic Depth Doctrine and Turkey’s Reemergence in the Middle East