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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The book is prepared as a reference work as a collection of unpublished original chapters.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 13 : The Trump Administration: An Impossible Thrust for Turkey-EU Relations (Armağan Gözkaman)

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Armağan Gözkaman1

Chapter 13: The Trump Administration: An Impossible Thrust for Turkey-EU Relations

Abstract: Historically, the support coming from the United States (U.S.) has been a very important factor in Turkey’s relations with the European Union (EU). Nevertheless, the current U.S. administration is possibly in the worst position to bolster Turkey’s EU bid, and perhaps this support became absent at a time when Turkey needs it the most. There are essentially two grounds to explore the reasons for a lack of thrust that constitutes the research question. First, it is difficult to say that Donald Trump is a friend of the EU. Second, Turkish-American Relations are not at their best.

Keywords: Turkey-EU Relations, Donald Trump, European Union, Turkish-American Relations.

Introduction

This chapter is intended, as its title suggests, to analyze the impact of the United States (U.S.) administration presided by Donald Trump upon Turkey’s relations with the European Union (EU). The main thesis is that the U.S. administration led by Donald Trump cannot have a positive impact on EU relations. Based on this ground, the present research is built on two avenues. The first being that it is difficult (or even impossible) to view the U.S. as an asset for Turkey’s EU bid. The second concerns the unfavorable juridico-political and strategic environment for Turkey-U.S. relations.

At the beginning of the study concerning the 45th President of the United States, two observations on his personality (that pose,...

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