Turkey Without the Hype

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If you’re looking for a clear-eyed, non-alarmist assessment of Turkey and the bilateral U.S.-Turkey relationship in advance of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington on Monday, I recommend Hugh Pope’s brief monograph (.pdf, via Yigal Schleifer). Pope argues that the suspicions that Turkey labors under (hidden Islamist agenda and a “neo-Ottoman” shift to the East) are largely overblown. He recommends that President Barack Obama avoid the many potential issues of conflict between the two countries, and instead focus on two central policy objectives that he says will test Turkey’s true intentions: getting Ankara to recommit to its EU […]


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