For decades, Turkey was a dutiful ally that mostly followed America’s lead. But since the Justice and Development Party’s re-election in 2007, it has asserted a more independent foreign policy in the Middle East, which often puts it at odds with Washington.
There have been sharp disagreements over the 2013 coup in Egypt, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the need for intervention in Syria. Turkey’s critics have called into question its reliability as a NATO ally, including in the fight against the radical Wahhabi group known as the Islamic State.
But much of this concern is misguided. The ongoing crises in the Middle East have only underscored Turkey’s pivotal geostrategic position: It’s no surprise that Pope Francis, President Vladimir V.… Seguir leyendo »