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Where is Turkey Headed? Gezi Park, Taksim Square, and the Future of the Turkish Model 31 juillet 2013

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U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, July 31, 2013
Subcommittee on European Affairs

James F. Jeffrey *

When Barack Obama made his 2009 trip to Turkey, his first bilateral visit as president, he did not single out Turkey as a model per se. Rather, he made the point that Turkey « is not where East and West divide — this is where they come together. » Along with this, he stressed America’s willingness to work with Turkey and, above all, paid homage to Turkey’s status as a successful democracy. Today, many inside and outside Turkey question whether it will remain the same successful democracy, open economy, and reliable security partner we have seen in recent decades. There is cause for concern, but there is also time for the Turks, and it is in the first instance their job to sort out the issues behind the Gezi Park demonstrations and tailor their political process as they see fit.

* Ambassador James F. Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute where he focuses on U.S. strategies to counter Iran’s efforts to expand its influence in the broader Middle East. Ambassador Jeffrey addressed a Senate hearing on the fallout from the protests in Istanbul.

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