Monday, April 4, 2016

Weekly Report 5: United States and Turkey Relations

The relationship between the United States and Turkey is in crisis, but the real issue is that both countries hold a vital level of importance to one another. Recently the president of Turkey visited the United States in order to limit the damage and possibly repair the relations that are still left between Turkey and the United States, but the trip was not as successful and the president would have hoped. Jeffery Goldberg, of The Atlantic, says that President Obama’s opinions of President Erdogan have drastically gone downhill recently. Goldberg says “ that ‘early on’, Obama saw Erdogan ‘as the sort of moderate Muslim leader who would bridge the divide between East and West - but Obama now considers him a failure and an authoritarian, one who refuses to use his enormous army to bring stability to Syria.” One significant issue causing the strain between the United States and Turkey is the Syrian crisis. The Syrian crisis has revealed fundamental differences on both strategy and goals. A main reason why the Turkish have strong opinions on how Syria should be handling the crisis is because the crisis has effected the country, not only with the overflow of Syrian refugees but also with the fact that terrorism has crossed the borders as well. This issue facing Turkey has led to the Turks backing “safe zones” in Syria that would be protected by United States and other allies. President does not agree with this plan because Iraq has been Washington’s main concern according to Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for BBC News.

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