The search for an American foreign policy and US-Turkey relations in the Trump era

Kadir Ustun, Kilic B. Kanat

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The direction of US foreign policy under the Trump administration has become one of the most debated topics in Washington, D.C. since Donald Trump's victory last November. Many foreign policy analysts and observers still find the Trump administration's policies hard to forecast. This quest to redefine US foreign policy will likely be a bumpy ride for other global and regional actors as they adjust themselves to the new realities created by the Trump administration's search for a different US role. The administration's rhetoric will probably be shaped by real world events and realities on the ground in the Middle East and elsewhere. If the administration decides to 'go big' and made radical changes to Middle East policy, especially regarding Syria, US relations with regional allies, including Turkey, will have to be recast. If the US starts to work primarily with state instead of sub-state actors, this would give more confidence to regional allies such as Turkey and more solid coalitions could be built against common challenges. However, if the US's quest to redefine its global role results in mixed messages and a confused foreign policy, this could create further uncertainty and instability in the region, ultimately leading to the deterioration of relations with regional allies such as Turkey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-67
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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