Academic journal article Military Review

Turkish Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty

Academic journal article Military Review

Turkish Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty

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TURKISH FOREIGN POLICY IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY, F. Stephen Larrabee and Ian O. Lesser, Santa Monica, CA, RAND (National Security Research Division), 2003, 217 pages, $24.00.

Nations act in accordance with self-interest. When nations refine those interests, however, their allies and partners must be attentive to the intensity and direction of change. This is particularly true of Turkey, whose role and identity has changed more than once during the 20th century. Today, Turkey's regional and bilateral relationships are more complex and changeable than ever.

According to F. Stephen Larrabee and Ian O. Lesser, one lesson of the recent war in Iraq is that we should reevaluate assumptions about Turkey. We cannot take for granted Turkey's assumed role as anchor of NATO's southern flank and equal participant in the fight against Iraq. Larrabee and Lesser discuss what Turkey might do in the future, its opportunities, and the risks it is willing to take. Turkey's actions then become much clearer.

Turkish Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty, which is an excellent introduction to the complexities of Turkish foreign relations, begins with themes and definitions necessary for any analysis of Turkey's foreign relations. …

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