Turkey has been a key NATO ally for over 70 years and a noteworthy defense and security partner for the United States ever since, despite an often colorful bilateral relationship. Today, Turkish-U.S. relations are under strain as a result of numerous factors. This initiative aims to identify trends, challenges, and opportunities in this longstanding and important relationship, with a view to making policy recommendations that would serve the shared interests of both Turkey and the United States.
This project is led by Alper Coskun and is supported by Theodora Mattei.
Turkey’s upcoming elections will be the greatest ever challenge to the twenty-year dominance of the AK Party. Representatives of the country’s opposition parties share their perspectives and priorities on Turkey’s most pressing foreign policy questions.
Turkey, Finland, and Sweden must now act in good faith and move beyond lingering resentments.
The Strategic Mechanism has significant potential to get U.S.-Turkey relations back on track depending on how readily the partners invest political capital and make sound policy decisions.
Turkey should strive to balance its status as a major exporter of drones with careful adherence to best practices and norms on arms sales and export controls.
After Turkey’s request to purchase F-16 fighter jets from the United States, the Biden administration and U.S. Congress have a decision to make. By choosing to sell the jets, the United States could inject new energy into the Turkey-U.S. alliance.
To fix their troubled relationship, the United States and Turkey should take gradual, concrete steps that build confidence and focus on common agendas.