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Joshua W. Walker

Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center. He is also a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center's International Security Program at Harvard University.

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The United States and Turkey: Can They Agree to Disagree?


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Dr. Joshua W. Walker
Middle East Brief 46, November 2010

Summary


Given the headline-grabbing actions of Turkey this summer with regard to both Israel and Iran, a powerful narrative has emerged in which the West has “lost” Turkey. In this Brief, Dr. Joshua W. Walker argues that this narrative ignores the process of democratization in Turkey and the domestic pressures facing a populist Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. To this end, this Brief evaluates US-Turkish relations by placing the recent tensions in a larger historical context and assesses various points of convergence and divergence in this relationship today.



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