Turkey is a longstanding ally of the United States and Europe. After the demise of the Soviet empire, Turkey’s strategic importance has changed but not diminished. Today Turkey is facing a completely different foreign and security policy environment. However, Turkey is also undergoing extraordinary internal change. Many established political truths of the Republic’s seventy-five-year-long tradition are increasingly questioned by a growing part of its people. Above all, there is the rise of political Islam and the ensuing clash of ideologies between “secularists” and “Islamists” as well as the debate about Turkey’s “Kurdish reality.”
Turkey’s allies will have to respond to this development by adapting their policies. Nothing less than a re-evaluation and, eventually, a re-orientation in relations with both the United States and Europe is required if Turkey is to remain anchored in the West.
This book undertakes a comprehensive overview and analysis of Turkey’s internal and external changes and provides elements of a new European and American policy toward a key strategic partner.