ABSTRACT

Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations [October 5, 2015]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Introduction: "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. Several Turkish foreign and domestic policy issues have significant relevance for U.S. interests, and Congress plays an active role in shaping and overseeing U.S. relations with Turkey. Though the United States and Turkey have many values and interests in common, they periodically face challenges in harmonizing their priorities and actions. This may stem partly from differences in how each of the two countries evaluates the other's importance in securing and advancing its interests and accordingly determines the extent to which it is willing to compromise within the bilateral relationship. Since the United States assembled an international coalition in 2014 to counter the Islamic State organization (IS, also known as Daesh, ISIS, or ISIL) in both Iraq and Syria ('Operation Inherent Resolve'), Turkey's role vis-à-vis its two southern neighbors, which was already critically important to U.S.-Turkey relations, became even more consequential."

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CRS Report for Congress, R41368
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2015-10-05
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