By now, keen observers of international politics recognize that the alliance between Turkey and the United States is no longer what it once was. Turkey has, increasingly, been asserting its independence vis-à-vis the United States. Most notably, Turkey has defied its ally in instances where working with Russia better suited Turkey’s immediate interests. Middle East expert Aaron Stein provides background and explanations for the growing rift between the two NATO allies, laying down the facts rather than passing judgment on either of the two sides.
About the Author
Aaron Stein is Director of the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.