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RAND Releases Report on Benefits of a US-Turkish Strategic Partnership
April 22, 2008, 10:17 pm
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The RAND Corporation has issued a report entitled “Turkey as a U.S. Security Partner.”

The report, which sources say, has been prepared for the US Air force, states that “Turkey has long been an important U.S. ally.” But the relationship, it notes, has been changing since the end of the Cold War

“Divergences between U.S. and Turkish interests have grown, in part because of Turkey’s relationships with its neighbors and the tension between its Western identity and its Middle Eastern orientation. Further, relations with the European Union have also deteriorated of late. As a result, Ankara has come to feel that it can no longer rely on its traditional allies, and Turkey is likely to be a more difficult and less predictable partner in the future. While Turkey will continue to want good ties to the United States, it is likely to be drawn more heavily into the Middle East by the Kurdish issue and Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Consequently, the tension between Turkey’s Western identity and Middle Eastern orientation is likely to grow even more.” Read the full report


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