The New Turkish Republic: Turkey as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World

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The New Turkish Republic: Turkey as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World

By Graham E. Fuller
U.S. Institute of Peace, 2007
160 pp. $14.95
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After several opening chapters setting out Turkey's Ottoman, Kemalist, and Cold War legacies, Fuller turns to an appraisal of the ruling Justice and Development Party and its relations with the Muslim world. Next comes a chapter surveying the factors making for Turkey's regional standing, followed by eight short chapters treating Turkey's ties with neighboring states as well as Europe, Eurasia, and the United States. This serves well to demonstrate Turkey's multifaceted foreign relations. Fuller sees Turkey as returning to play an important role in Middle Eastern and Eurasian politics after a long period of "abnormal isolation." He also projects a likely downgrading of Turkey's ties to Washington, mostly as a natural result of the changing geopolitical reality but also in part stemming from U.S. actions and assumptions. Fuller offers a generally positive appraisal of Turkey's foreign policy performance, and he suggests that the United States can and should accommodate itself to this new reality.