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The Strategic Alliance<br />Restoring US-Turkish Relations to Meet 21st Century Challenges<br />Paige Steffen <br />
How can the US strengthen its alliance with Turkey?<br />
US-Turkey History<br />Post WWII: <br />Turkey dependant on West<br />Outpost of NATO & US in Middle East<br />1947 Truman...
Cooperation <br />Cooperation:<br />Energy<br />Trade<br />Investment<br />Security<br />Anti-terrorism<br />Common goals:...
Tension<br /> Historical: <br />1975 – Congress cut economic & military spending as result of invasion of Cyprus<br />2003...
Tension<br />Spring 2010:<br />Turkey’s criticism of US ally – Israel, after fatal raid of Turkey aid ship<br />US House F...
Improvement<br />Must strengthen alliance with Turkey<br />Move past current obstacles <br />Reevaluate US approach to neg...
Reevaluation<br />Focus on:<br />Common interests<br />Mutual respect<br />Shared goals<br />
Alternative Soultions<br />Publicity:<br />Focus on Turkey public opinion polls<br />Increase Obama visitation <br />BUT –...
Solution<br />American-Turkish Council (ATC) <br />Business association dedicated to enhancing the promotion of US-Turkish...
American-Turkish Council<br />Removes US paternalism/Turkish dependence <br />Integrate:<br />Markets<br />Cultures <br />...
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  1. 1. The Strategic Alliance<br />Restoring US-Turkish Relations to Meet 21st Century Challenges<br />Paige Steffen <br />
  2. 2. How can the US strengthen its alliance with Turkey?<br />
  3. 3. US-Turkey History<br />Post WWII: <br />Turkey dependant on West<br />Outpost of NATO & US in Middle East<br />1947 Truman Doctrine:<br />Isolate Turkey from Soviet Union communist influence<br />To date, US given/lent over $26.5 billion to Turkey<br />Strategic Alliance <br />Crucial link between East-West<br />Democracy, economic growth, anti-terrorism <br />
  4. 4. Cooperation <br />Cooperation:<br />Energy<br />Trade<br />Investment<br />Security<br />Anti-terrorism<br />Common goals:<br />Peace/stability in ME (Israel, Palestine, Iraq)<br />Iran without nuclear weapons <br />
  5. 5. Tension<br /> Historical: <br />1975 – Congress cut economic & military spending as result of invasion of Cyprus<br />2003 Iraq War:<br />Turkey refuse to let US troops pass through<br />Turkey send troops into Northern Iraq against US wishes <br />
  6. 6. Tension<br />Spring 2010:<br />Turkey’s criticism of US ally – Israel, after fatal raid of Turkey aid ship<br />US House Foreign Affairs Committee:<br /> pass resolution declaring deaths of Armenians during Ottoman Empire genocide<br />Turkey recalled ambassador in protest<br />Annual American-Turkish Council Conference canceled <br />
  7. 7. Improvement<br />Must strengthen alliance with Turkey<br />Move past current obstacles <br />Reevaluate US approach to neglected Turkey<br />
  8. 8. Reevaluation<br />Focus on:<br />Common interests<br />Mutual respect<br />Shared goals<br />
  9. 9. Alternative Soultions<br />Publicity:<br />Focus on Turkey public opinion polls<br />Increase Obama visitation <br />BUT – How? Will it work? <br />Turkey join EU:<br />Encourage Turkey to develop democratic institutions, freedoms, reforms<br />Reunite with West<br />BUT – failed attempt, long process, contingent <br />
  10. 10. Solution<br />American-Turkish Council (ATC) <br />Business association dedicated to enhancing the promotion of US-Turkish commercial, defense, technology, and cultural relations.<br />Encourage trade and investment <br />Educate public about strategic alliance<br />Increase appreciation of history, culture, tradition<br />Facilitate dialogue between government agencies and private sectors <br />
  11. 11. American-Turkish Council<br />Removes US paternalism/Turkish dependence <br />Integrate:<br />Markets<br />Cultures <br /> Education <br />Strengthen, endorse, support <br />
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