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Historical Examinations and Current Issues in Turkish-American Relations

Edited By Ozan Örmeci and Huseyin Işıksal

The book aims to analyze Turkish-American relations. In order to improve its consistency and reliability, the volume is based on a chronological and thematic study of Turkish-American relations. Meticulous consideration has been given to the categorization and presentation of the contributions in order to ensure that the study operates in a relative manner, and the topic is categorized and narrowed down suitably. For this purpose, the volume is divided into three main parts and it maintains that each section’s contribution retains analytical cogency and descriptive relevancy to the preceding sections.

The book is prepared as a reference work as a collection of unpublished original chapters. It provides an insight into the widely discussed but not carefully analyzed topic by examining different aspects of Turkish-American relations from a historical point of view. It aims to analyze the roots of the Turkish-American relations and the direction in which they are going. It focuses on the political, economic, social, identity, and security interaction between the two actors. In this way, it aims to contribute to the scholarly literature in this field with original chapters on selected themes, especially in these unsettling and interesting times.

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Chapter 6 : Troubled Period in Turkey-U.S. Security Partnership and Turkey’s NATO Alignment During the 2000s (Ömer Kurtbağ)


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Chapter 6: Troubled Period in Turkey-U.S. Security Partnership and Turkey’s NATO Alignment During the 2000s

Abstract: This chapter seeks to explore how the Turkish-United States (U.S.) security partnership and Turkey’s relationship with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) developed throughout the 2000s. Its chief argument is that the Transatlantic bonds between Turkey and the U.S. and NATO have become increasingly problematic. The March 1, 2003 crisis, the U.S. partnership with PKK/YPG in northern Syria, and Turkey’s recent rapprochement with Russia and Iran over the Syrian Crisis have caused the Turkish-American bilateral security ties to lie in tatters. This unfavorable climate in bilateral relations has had adverse implications for the Turkish-NATO alliance relationship, too. With the arrival of the Trump administration, Turkey has hoped for a better relationship between the two key NATO allies. However, it seems this prospect will be overshadowed for a while by the ongoing problem areas and issues the Obama administration left unaddressed until the Trump Presidency can decide how to respond to the gloomy state of security affairs with Ankara.

Keywords: Turkey, United States, Security Relationship, YPG-PKK, ISIS, NATO.


The objective of this chapter is to examine the course of the Turkish-U.S. security partnership and Turkey’s NATO alignment from the early 2000s to the present. First of all, it discusses that the Turkish-U.S. security relationship has become increasingly problematic throughout this period, as evidenced by the past and present developments that have...

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