Turkish Policy Quarterly Vol 4, No. 1 (Spring 2005)
"Turkey-US Relations: Redefining and Rebuilding"

Nigar Göksel

Nigar Göksel
ESI Analyst

From the desk of the editor

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Richard Perle

Interview with Richard Perle
Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

"I think Europe is in fact much more inward looking then the United States. And it is going to be quite a long time before Turkey achieves membership."

TPQ-interview: "Pitfalls And Opportunities For The US-Turkish Alliance"

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Mehmet Dülger

Mehmet Dülger
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Turkish Parliament

"It must be taken into account that Turkey now has a public opinion that has reached the point where it affects both civil and military decisions. The priority of the people is progress and development. Today's Turkey does not afford any government the flexibility to move forward without getting the people behind it."

TPQ-article: "Taking A Closer Look At Turkish-American Relations"

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Mark Parris

Mark Parris
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey from 1997 to 2000

"The enormity of the task facing Turkey in working through the EU's technical and other requirements, combined with the gravitational pull of Europe's geographic, economic and historic ties to Turkey, will inevitably mean Ankara's attention will henceforth be focused more on Brussels than Washington."

TPQ-article: "Allergic Partners: Can US-Turkish Relations Be Saved?"

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Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin
Editor of the Middle East Quarterly and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

"For more than two years, US-Turkish diplomacy has been a comedy of errors. Mistakes cannot be undone and the relationship will take years to rebuild. Neither side is indispensable to the other, but both Washington and Ankara would lose much should their relationship deteriorate further."

TPQ-article: "A Comedy Of Errors: American-Turkish Diplomacy And The Iraq War"

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Ilhan Kesici

Ilhan Kesici
Former Undersecretary of the State Planning Organization and former Member of Turkish Parliament

"The AKP leadership made sure that its deputies voted in favor of the EU reform packages and did not allow any room for opposition within its ranks. Yet, when it came to a resolution concerning relations with the US, the government could not expose the determination of its EU politics and the outcome was justified as being the expression of parliamentary democracy."

TPQ-article: "Turkish-US Relations: Convergence Or Divergence?"

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John Sitilides

John Sitilides
Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project

"The Bush administration will continue to urge Prime Minister Erdogan to recognize Cyprus and take all necessary steps to move forward with EU accession negotiations, part of America's long-term strategy for encouraging reform, transparency, and fuller free market democracy in Turkey."

TPQ-article: "The Road Through Brussels: Cyprus On The US-Turkey Agenda"

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Nüzhet Kandemir

Nüzhet Kandemir
Deputy Chairman of True Path Party (Dogru Yol Partisi-DYP) and former Ambassador of Turkey to Washington DC

"Turkish-American relations are still being characterized as being a 'strategic partnership'. In my view, it is not possible to define the relations as being strategic. One cannot claim unwavering togetherness. Furthermore, I do not think there is any need for such unity of action."

TPQ-article: "Turkish-American Relations Past And Future"

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Kemal Köprülü

Kemal Köprülü
Former Chairman of ARI Movement and current Board Member

"A very strong argument can be made today that in a period of five years, Turkish-US relations have reached a low point, perhaps the lowest in decades."

TPQ-article: "Paradigm Shift In Turkish-US Relations"

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Emre Erdogan

Emre Erdogan
Founding partner of Infakto research workshop

"When the strong leadership of the US in world affairs is queried, only 16 percent of respondents found it desirable. The sum of negative answers was 69 percent. This score is the highest among 16 countries and only lower than the French public opinion's score of 73. The percentage of those arguing that the EU should become a superpower like the US is 40 percent."

TPQ-article: "The Missing Element: Turkish Public Opinion Towards The US"

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Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim Al-Marashi
Post-doctoral fellow at Sabanci University

"Despite the differences that have emerged between Turkey and the US, the terrorist groups point out that Turkey is still a member of NATO, and thus a partner in the 'Crusader Alliance'."

TPQ-article: "Middle Eastern Perceptions Of US-Turkey Relations After The 2003 Iraq War"

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