What to Read on Turkish Politics
The reach of Turkey's cultural and foreign policies extends from the Balkans to Western China, and the country plays an increasingly important role in debates about the future of both Europe and the Middle East. Successive administrations in Washington have talked about their strategic relationship with Ankara, but discussions have rarely gone beyond the stereotype of Turkey as a "bridge between civilizations" or concern that an Islamist government may draw Turkey away from the West. As the nation develops a more sophisticated and active international policy, with some Ottoman echoes, it pays to take a closer look at this crucial country from the inside out as well as the outside in.
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