The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has been met with high spirits in Turkey’s capital. What issues will dominate Washington-Ankara relations over the next four years?
Turkey has the potential to adopt a sustainable political model if the government decides to share political power in a credible manner.
Despite traveling on different paths, Britain’s and Turkey’s relationships with the EU may end up the same in terms of their levels of economic integration.
The Turkish government’s crackdown on opponents since the July 15 coup attempt has probably buried the country’s EU accession framework for good.
Brussels and Ankara have a long to-do list ahead of them. But domestic politics on both sides could interfere with this schedule.
Turkey’s drift away from the West has not been one-sided; Europe and the United States share the blame.
The Russian and Turkish presidents are more comfortable with a world in which alliances are transient and traditional great powers set the agenda.
Despite recent—and harsh—rhetoric, one hopes that Brussels and Ankara find the common ground to work on their many mutual interests.
Washington and Brussels need to rebuild trust with Turkey. That is the only way to counter the country’s swelling anti-Americanism and alienation from the West.
There is an acute need for a new European narrative for Turkey. Such a framework should create a new platform of cooperation and complement the country’s EU accession path.