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The U.S.-Turkey Partnership: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back 12 mars 2015

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Issue Brief (Center for American Progress) March 12, 2015

By Michael Werz and Max Hoffman *

President Barack Obama made a large political investment in Turkey in 2009 for a series of compelling reasons, which he laid out in a speech to the Turkish parliament during his first overseas trip as president. His administration recognized that Turkey’s role would be essential to tackling a series of challenges important to the United States, including stabilizing Iraq, solidifying a sanctions regime to pressure Iran to negotiate on its nuclear ambitions, and combating terrorism.

Through this investment, President Obama sought to strengthen the three pillars of the U.S.-Turkey partnership that were referenced in his Ankara speech: Turkey’s status as a “strong, vibrant, secular democracy” and its commitment to the rule of law; Turkey’s important role in the NATO alliance and its push for membership in the European Union, both of which bind it firmly to the West; and Turkey’s potential to serve as an interlocutor and a model to the Middle East and the broader Muslim world as part of President Obama’s efforts to patch up America’s image in the Muslim world.

* Michael Werz is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Max Hoffman is a Policy Analyst at the Center.  

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