Furthermore, Turkish support for Operation Provide Comfort has
Clearly, Ankara and Washington do not see eye to eye on some
issues, but it is still true that there is a considerable convergence of
interests between the two countries. Turkey remains a stable, pro-
Western state in an unstable region. The United States is promoting Turkey, with its secularism and parliamentary democracy, as a role
model for the newly independent Turkic states in Central Asia. Moreover, the United States and Europe expect Turkey to play a pivotal
and stabilizing role in the precarious Balkans and the Caucasus. For
their part, the Turkish leaders still assign the highest priority to
maintaining close ties with the West, even as the prospect of Turkish
entry into the European Community becomes more uncertain. While
many Turks believe that their country has incurred more costs than
derived benefits for its role during the Gulf crisis, the Demirel government, which assumed office after the Gulf War, is essentially following the same path as his predecessor. This is a vindication of Ozal's political vision.
Philip Robins, Turkey and the Middle East ( New York: Council on
Foreign Relations Press, 1991): 70.
The Economist Intelligence Unit, Turkey: Country Report 4 ( 1990): 10.
Robins, Turkey and the Middle East, 72.
Reuters report in the Middle East Times ( 28 January-4 February
New York Times ( 13 March 1991).
Robins, Turkey and the Middle East, 63.
Milliyet ( 4 May 1990).
Robins, Turkey and the Middle East, 58-64.
Sami Kohen, "Turkey Cautiously Moving Toward 'Normalizing' Relations with Iraq," The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs ( July
Mohammed M. Malek, "Kurdistan in the Middle East Conflict," New Left Review 175 ( May-June 1989): 80.
Robins, Turkey and the Middle East, 63-64.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Gulf War and the New World Order:International Relations of the Middle East.
Contributors: Tareq Y. Ismael - Editor, Jacqueline S. Ismael - Editor.
Publisher: University Press of Florida.
Place of publication: Gainesville, FL.
Publication year: 1994.
Page number: 446.
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