Turkey as a U.S. Security Partner by Stephen F. Larrabee

By Stephen F. Larrabee

Traces in U.S.-Turkish have grown because the finish of the chilly conflict. Divergences were quite noticeable in coverage towards the center East. accordingly, Turkey might be an more and more tough and not more predictable companion sooner or later.

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Asmus and Richard C. : German Marshall Fund of the United States, 2006, p. 5. Implications for the United States 31 In short, the United States will need to get used to dealing with a more independently minded and assertive Turkey—one whose interests do not always coincide with those of the United States, especially in the Middle East. The Kurdish issue in particular could cause new divergences. –Turkish alliance in Turkish eyes. –Turkish relations are likely to further deteriorate, and anti-Americanism, already strong, is likely to grow.

Efforts to isolate Iran and promote regime change in Tehran, which Ankara fears would further destabilize the region. Similar differences exist over policy toward Syria. The United States regards Syria as a terrorist state and has sought to get Turkey to join its campaign to isolate Damascus. However, as noted earlier, Turkey needs cooperative relations with Syria to manage the Kurdish problem. S. efforts to promote regime change in Syria, which Ankara believes would be highly destabilizing and exacerbate the Kurdish issue.

This process has intensified since the end of the Cold War. S. partnership remains important, but it is less critical than it was during the Cold War. S. protection. In addition, Turkey has foreign policy options today— in the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East—that were not open to it several decades ago. S. S. policy preferences conflict with its own regional interests. This is particularly true in the Middle East. S. 1 Iran provides an example. S. interests overlap only partially.

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