Colors of Chinaby Shannon Zemlicka, Janice Lee Porter
Turkey is a longstanding ally of the United States and Europe. After the demise of the Soviet empire, Turkey's strategic importance has changed but not diminished. Today Turkey is facing a completely different foreign and security policy environment. It is also undergoing extraordinary internal change. Many established political truths of the Republic's 75-year-long tradition are increasingly questioned by its people. Above all, there is the rise of political Islam and the ensuing clash of ideologies between "secularists" and "Islamists" as well as the debate about Turkey's "Kurdish reality."
Turkey's allies will have to respond to this development by adapting their policies. Nothing less than a re-evaluation and, eventually, a reorientation in relations with both the United States and Europe is required if Turkey is to remain anchored in the West.
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