Turkey, the US and Iraq

Turkey the US and Iraq The American led invasion of Iraq in March has affected Turkey s foreign policy in unpredictable ways On the one hand stood Turkey s vital alliance with the US stretching back to the early days

  • Title: Turkey, the US and Iraq
  • Author: William Hale
  • ISBN: 9780863566752
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • The American led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 has affected Turkey s foreign policy in unpredictable ways On the one hand stood Turkey s vital alliance with the US, stretching back to the early days of the cold war on the other, the strong opposition of the Turkish people to the invasion of Iraq.One of Iraq s most important neighbours and America s only formal ally in tThe American led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 has affected Turkey s foreign policy in unpredictable ways On the one hand stood Turkey s vital alliance with the US, stretching back to the early days of the cold war on the other, the strong opposition of the Turkish people to the invasion of Iraq.One of Iraq s most important neighbours and America s only formal ally in the region, Turkey gave vital support to the US during the first Gulf war In the second Gulf war, America sought to project itself as the champion of democracy in the Middle East Turkey, as the only Muslim country in the region with an acceptably democratic form of government, refused to support the US strategy.The challenge faced by the Turkish government has been to sustain good relations with the superpower, while remaining answerable to its own people To explain Turkey s changing foreign policy, William Hale examines the relationship between Turkey, the US and Iraq since the 1920s, when the Iraqi state was first established He also analyses Turkey s policies towards Iraqi Kurds and its Europeanisation as the country aligns itself with the EU.William Hale was formerly Professor of Turkish Politics and former Head of the Department of Political and International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London His publications include The Political and Economic Development of Modern Turkey, Turkish Politics and the Military, Turkish Foreign Policy 1774 2000 and Aspects of Modern Turkey.

    One thought on “Turkey, the US and Iraq”

    1. This book is about Turkey and it's relation with the United States. It focuses more on the gulf war of 1991 and that of 2003, and tries to compare how the different Turkish governments acted in each of them and how their actions affected their relation with the United States either positively or negatively.I am not sure if I should give it 3 or 4 stars, but I am sure it worth reading and sheds some light on very important key events of the Middle East history.

    2. It should have been longer. There was too much crammed into too few pages, and not quite enough explanation behind events.

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