Foreign policy divergences and increasingly worrying developments in Turkey’s domestic policy are raising questions about the strength of the U.S.-Turkish partnership. Turkey and the United States remain divided on their approach to Syria, the ISIS threat, and turmoil in the region more broadly. Meanwhile, crackdowns on media and the passage of draconian new security legislation are jeopardizing fundamental freedoms in Turkey as the country heads for parliamentary elections this summer. Should the United States continue to look to Turkey as a strategic partner in this environment?
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a new report on the state of the U.S.-Turkish alliance and hosted a discussion of Turkey’s domestic political struggles, foreign policy and implications for its relationship with the United States.
Ambassador Eric Edelman
Co-chair, BPC’s Turkey Initiative
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey
Dr. Svante Cornell
Member, BPC’s Turkey Initiative
Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program
Ambassador James Holmes
Former President, American-Turkish Council
Director, BPC’s National Security Program