The Role of Turkey for Establishing Peace and Stability in the Middle East
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Recent developments and the military, economic and political realities within the Middle-East, the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Europe, have caused Turkey to reevaluate her future. While the importance of Turkey for NATO has appeared to be lessened upon the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact, the Gulf Crisis has shown that Turkey is still an important country in the region. Immediately after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the five Central Asian Turkic Republics and Azerbaijan gave Turkey a chance to be a leader of the region. All these events and the oil-rich Gulf area have been drawing the United States and the other powerful countries attention to the region. Because of its highly important strategic location and historical integration with her neighbors, Turkey has an opportunity to be a leader country of the region. At the same time Turkey faces significant challenges and threats to the stability and peace in the region. This study will evaluate Turkeys strategic importance and her role for establishing peace and stability in the region.
- Government and Political Science