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Start Small and Think Big to Rebuild the U.S.-Turkey Relationship

The U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship has been key to the success of NATO and the transatlantic community. However, due to various policy disagreements U.S.-Turkey relations are at a new low. As with all relationships in life, the U.S.-Turkey relationship ebbs and flows and requires hard work, patience, and understanding. This is why policymakers from both sides should not be ready to throw away seven decades of close cooperation for seven or so challenging years in the bilateral relationship. Instead of looking for the silver bullet to solve the major problems, policymakers need to focus more on smaller confidence building measures to rebuild the relationship.

Start Small and Think Big to Rebuild the U S
 

Received Date: 21/05/2020  •  Accepted Date: 16/06/2020

 

 

After more than seven decades of a strong bilateral relationship, the U.S.-Turkey relationship seems to be at a new low. The relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has been defined by many ups and downs over the years. Some of the ‘ups’ include Turkey’s entry into North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Ankara’s gallant participation in the Korean War, and Turkey’s outsized contribution to the mission in Afghanistan. Some of the lows include the U.S. arms embargo applied after Turkey’s entry into Northern Cyprus in 1974 and the rift over the 2003 invasion of Iraq when the Turkish parliament blocked U.S. forces from using Turkish territory to launch the invasion.

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