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Turkey has been buffeted in recent years by turmoil in its neighborhood, beginning with the consequences of the Iraq War, then again with the Russian invasion of Georgia in the summer of 2008. Turkish leaders will continue to pursue policies that seek to avoid such regional instability, and they expect understanding from Washington on this score. Washington, too, has the right to expect that Ankara will behave as a loyal ally when mutual interests are threatened.
This report, prepared by seven senior CSIS scholars and two colleagues from other institutions, offers a comprehensive and balanced assessment of the uncertain state of Turkey's domestic political and social dynamics and the complexity of its relations with its neighbors. It reflects extensivefield research in Turkey and neighboring countries, as well as consultations with a wide range of officials, scholars, journalists, and leaders of business and trade associations.
About the Author
Stephen J. Flanagan is senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at CSIS. Samuel J. Brannen is a fellow in the International Security Program at CSIS.