U.S. Partnerships With Turkey, India ‘Pivotal’ to Strategic Success

President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Sept. 5, 2014 (AP photo by Charles Dharapak).
President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Sept. 5, 2014 (AP photo by Charles Dharapak).
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Over the next decade, the United States may play a smaller role in the management of global security, hold steady on its current course or even try returning to the halcyon days of unipolarity. But as Sun Tzu, the great philosopher of war, wrote, a military commander who tries to be strong everywhere ends up being strong nowhere. That also applies to grand strategy. So whatever course American strategy takes, the U.S. must have regional partners. While everyone recognizes that the U.S. must lean heavily on others, it can be easy to forget that strategic partnerships come in several varieties. […]

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