Why The West Needs Turkey

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

The Republic of Turkey is one of the most important allies and partners to the West. Turkey is a Muslim-majority nation with an important Western orientation; Turkey has a long history of upholding secular democracy, trade-based economics, and is a member of the NATO alliance. Turkey and the West find commonality in a number of key interest areas as well, including security, humanitarian issues, and economic interests. Turkey-West relations are not without challenges, however, with strained Greco-Turkish relations, the Kurdish Issue, and the erosion of democracy in Turkey being among them. Facing these issues and strenghtening Turkey-West relations is key to bringing peace and stability to the region.