Turkey-U.S. Defense Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges
Congressional research rept.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Congress and the Obama Administration are seeking to manage longstanding bilateral and North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO-based defense cooperation with Turkey at a time when a more independent Turkish foreign policy course and changes in regional security conditions are creating new challenges for both countries. Defense cooperation rooted in shared threat perceptions from the Cold War era and built on close U.S. ties with the Turkish military leadership now must be reconciled with a decline of the militarys political influence in Turkish society and some negative turns in Turkish popular sentiment toward the United States over the past decade. At the same time, Turkeys importance as a U.S. ally has arguably increased on issues of global significance in its surrounding region that include Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In early 2011, Turkeys regional role has arguably become even more prominent--exemplified by its significant involvement politically and militarily on the question of NATOs intervention in Libya.
- Government and Political Science
- Defense Systems