The Back and Forth of Turkey's "Westernness"
Whether or not Turkey is turning its back on the West is a frequently asked question and a common refrain, particularly after Turkey's reaction to Israel's assault against Hamas in Gaza. Turkey remains strategically Western-oriented and in fact the ongoing Ergenekon investigation reaffirms its Atlanticist credentials. What Turkey's Western allies must do is have a self-critical look at their record and then ask themselves whether the strategic "Westernness" of Turkey is enough.
How Turkey's Western partners deal with these issues and whether they will spend the necessary time and energy to manage their relationships with Turkey may have as much, if not more, of an impact on how Turkey ultimately develops.