Can Turkey and Israel Reconcile?

by Bulent Aras There has been a cyclical pattern to Turkish-Israeli relations over the past several decades. These two countries share similar characteristics in terms of their Western institutions and policy attitudes, multi-ethnic and secular societies, and complicated relations with… Continue Reading  

Turkey and Russia: An Asymmetrical Partnership?

by Bulent Aras Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to Moscow in late August to raise his concerns over the Assad regime’s military offensive in Syria’s Idlib province. Putin extended him a warm welcome but offered him no… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Future Lies with the West

by Bulent Aras Does Turkey’s decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense system mean that its geopolitical orientation is shifting? Will Ankara drift away from its historic transatlantic security structure in favor of a partnership with Moscow? Should NATO… Continue Reading  

Why Does Turkey Want S-400 Missiles?

by Bulent Aras Turkey’s decision to buy S-400 missiles from Russia has generated considerable debate in the country about the impact on Turkish-American and Turkey-NATO relations, Turkey’s change of international orientation, and possible harm to Turkish defense sector and economy.… Continue Reading  

Turkey vs. Saudi Arabia: Will the U.S. Have to Pick a Side?

by Derek Davison In the mid-twentieth century, U.S. Middle East policy rested primarily on its alliances with three major regional players: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The alliance with Iran was, of course, broken in the wake of the 1979… Continue Reading