The US and Turkey in search of regional strategy: Towards asymptotic trajectories
Security relations with the US have been critical for Turkey. Cold War strategic imperatives dictated typical bandwagoning policies although disagreements and frictions were present at times. In the 2000s a combination of domestic developments and rapidly changing regional security patterns has resulted in a more assertive Turkish regional security policy which for many represents a departure from traditional Kemalist principles. This article attempts to assess the current course of Turkish regional security engagement and the extent to which relations between the USA and Turkey are subject to major change. The analytical context accounts for the impact of domestic regional and global levels. The empirical focus is on Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian sectarian conflict and on the trajectory of the bilateral relations with Israel. © UNISCI 2014.
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