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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.     

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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. 

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Secretary John Kerry's remarks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gave a joint statement on April 7, 2013. You can find the full video of the conference at the U.S. Department of State website here.

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Kerry and Davutoglu discussed latest developments in mideast

By: Anadolu Agency Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a phone conversation with his US counterpart John Kerry. Diplomatic sources said that the phone conversation took place at the request of John Kerry. Kerry conveyed his thoughts to Davutoglu on his recent tour in the Middle East. The two officials discussed the latest developments in the region.  

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Kerry: Turkish Comments Complicate Mideast Process

By: Suzan Fraser and Matthew Lee / Associated Press U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that comments by the Turkish prime minister equating Zionism to a crime against humanity complicate the efforts to find peace in the Middle East. Speaking at a news conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Kerry stressed the “urgent need to promote a spirit of tolerance, and that includes all of the public statements made by all leaders.”