Accession Number : AD1015550

Title :   Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Congressional Research Service Washington United States

Personal Author(s) : Zanotti,Jim ; Thomas,Clayton

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Report Date : 26 Aug 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : This report provides background information on Turkey and discusses possible policy questions and considerations for Members of Congress. U.S. relations with Turkeya longtime North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allyhave evolved over time. Turkeys economic dynamism and geopolitical importance underpin its regional and global influence. Although Turkey still depends on the United States and other NATO allies for political and strategic support, and has close economic links with the European Union, its increased economic and military self-reliance since the Cold War allows Turkey relatively greater opportunity for an assertive role in foreign policy. The record of U.S.-Turkey cooperation during the Obama Administration has been mixed. To some extent it mirrors the complexities that past U.S. Administrations faced with Turkey in reconciling alignment on general foreign policy objectives with substantive points of disagreement.

Descriptors :   UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , TURKEY , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , national politics , international organizations , minority groups , treaties , foreign relations , ethnic groups , human population , intergovernmental organizations , international law , agreements , terrorists , joint military activities , cooperation , foreign policy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE