Long an important U.S. ally, and located at a key geographic and economic juncture between Europe and the Middle East, recent changes in Turkey and positions taken by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan have raised a number of questions about Turkey’s role in the region and the nature of the future U.S.-Turkey relationship. Is Turkey’s newly assertive posture the result of democratic changes and adoption of vigorous free-market principles? Has Turkey chosen to align itself with the "East" over the "West," as some have suggested? What are the implications of Turkey’s impressive economic growth, both for Turkey’s domestic politics and for its foreign policy?
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of these questions.
Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Michael Werz, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
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