A Sovereign Democracy and a Dud Partner: Explaining the Slide in U.S.-Turkey Relations

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  • What’s wrong with U.S.-Turkey relations?

For over a decade, ties between the United States and its NATO ally have been a rollercoaster ride, leading some in the United States to conclude that Turkey has either lost or is losing its value as a strategic partner.

  • Nadir Firat
  • War on the Rocks

Observers have offered various explanations for the tensions, including Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroglu in War on the Rocks and Steve Cook, who gave a long list of disheartening reasons…

But at its essence, the problem is more systematic.

Turkey does not think in terms of national interests because it has almost completed its transformation into a…

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