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Issue 09

Is our NATO ally Turkey emerging as a regional power that is hostile, neutral, or can remain a partner to American strategic concerns?

Poster Collection, TU 28, Hoover Institution Archives
Poster Collection, TU 28, Hoover Institution Archives
BACKGROUND ESSAY: Turkey at the Crossroads
by Barry Strauss

Turkey is in the midst of an era of dramatic change. That matters in a big way for both American foreign policy and the world, because Turkey is of enormous strategic significance. It is a big and important country. With a population of 74 million people, Turkey is larger than Britain or France, and in area it is slightly larger than Texas. The population is industrious and increasingly wealthy.

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