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Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations [December 20, 2013]   [open pdf - 859KB]

"As global challenges to U.S. interests have changed over time, U.S. relations with Turkey--an important North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally since the Cold War era--have evolved. Congress plays an active role in shaping and overseeing U.S. relations with Turkey. Several Turkish domestic and foreign policy issues have significant relevance for U.S. interests. Gauging how U.S. and Turkish interests coincide has become increasingly complicated. Political transition and unrest in the Middle East since 2011 appear to have contributed to the following dynamic between the two countries: [1] Turkish leaders seem to perceive a need for U.S. help to defend its borders and backstop regional stability, given threats and potential threats from various states and nonstate actors; and [2] The United States may be more dependent on its alliance with Turkey to forward U.S. interests in the region following the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq and other possible future reductions in its Middle East footprint."

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CRS Report for Congress, R41368
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2013-12-20
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