Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter 2009
Winning Turkey: How America, Europe and Turkey Can Revive a Fading Partnership
Authors: Philip H. Gordon and Omer Taspinar, Afterword: Soli Ozel
Brookings Institution Press, 2008, 115 p., ISBN 978-0-8157-3215-0
Partnership between Turkey, America and Europe has been fading gradually. During the Cold
War, Turkey was a vital player for America and Europe. However, the falling of the USSR and
some significant events in the last decades, such as Iraq War and Luxemburg Conference, have
led decreasing relations between Turkey, America and Europe.
is flashing on the
partnership’s problems, and probable solutions for the problems.
consists of six chapters and afterword: “Turkey’s Western Trajectory”.
When we look at the chapters’ issues, we see the titles: “Who Lost Turkey?”, “Kemalist, Islamist
and The West”, “The Crisis with the United States”, “Europe’s Closing Door”, “Turkey’s
Eurasian Alternatives” and “Winning Turkey”.
When we look at the first chapter, we observe that American and European policies
toward the PKK (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan) which is an ethnic terrorist organization, and the
“Armenian Genocide” have reduced the trust of Turkish people to the West. Nowadays, the USA