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Title:
Winning Turkey How America, Europe, and Turkey Can Revive a Fading Partnership
Author:
Gordon, Philip H., 1962-
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9780815701934
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c2008. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description:
1 online resource (vii, 115 p. )
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Book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
Introduction : who lost Turkey? -- Kemalists, Islamists, and the West -- The crisis with the United States -- Europe's closing door -- Turkey's Eurasian alternatives -- Winning Turkey.
Abstract:
"Explains current situation and designs a plan to ease tensions in Turkey. Proposes a 'grand bargain' between Turkey and the Kurds, advocating greater support for increased liberalism and democracy, renewed European and Turkish commitment to promote EU membership, a historic compromise with Armenia, and greater Western engagement with Turkish Cypriots"--Provided by publisher.
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Turkey has always been a crossroads: the point where East meets West, Europe meets Asia, and Christianity meets Islam. Turkey has also been a close and important American ally, but a series of converging political and strategic factors have now endangered its longstanding Western and democratic orientation. In Winning Turkey, two leading analysts explain this worrisome situation and present a plan for improving it. The stakes are clear. Turkey is the most advanced democracy in the Islamic world, bordering a number of the world's hotspots, including Iraq, Iran, and the Caucasus. It occupies the corridor between Western markets and Caspian Sea energy reserves. A stable, Western-oriented Turkey moving toward EU membership would provide a growing market for exports, a source of needed labor, a positive influence on the Middle East, and an ally in the war on terror. The picture has darkened, however, as rising anti-Americanism, deflated hopes for EU accession, civil-military tensions, and terrorist threats have destabilized an already volatile Turkish political system. Wi nning Turkey d esigns a plan to ease tensions in this critical part of the world. In addition to proposing a "grand bargain" between Turkey and the Kurds, it advocates greater support for increased liberalism and democracy, a renewed commitment by both Europe and Turkey to promote EU membership, a historic compromise with Armenia, and greater Western engagement with Turkish Cypriots.