Obama’s Turkey Policy: Bringing Credibility to “Strategic Partnership”
Under the Obama administration, American foreign policy will be engaged in genuine coalition building with allies. Such a return to multilateralism will have a positive impact on transatlantic and Turkish-American relations. Just like under the Clinton presidency during the late 1990s, Turkey needs American support to undo the deadlock with the European Union. America’s return to Middle East diplomacy will also improve Turkish-American relations since the Obama administration is much more likely to support Ankara’s openings to Damascus. Turkey should make an effort to host a new Arab-Israeli peace process in the framework of an international conference in Istanbul. In the short run, Ankara can avoid problems with Washington on the Armenian issue if it decides to enhance its military and civilian support to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
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