Strategic Relations Between the US and Turkey 1979-2000
Sleeping with a Tiger
Routledge – 2014 – 240 pages
Taking the period from the end of the 1970s to the end of the 1990s, this book critically examines the evolution of the strategic relationship between the US and Turkey during this period, with a particular focus on the Middle Eastern context.
Strategic Relations Between the US and Turkey employs interviews with US, Turkish and Israeli officials and archival research in order to offer an alternative reading of the realities that shaped bilateral co-operation through multi-level analysis. The unraveling of these realities enlightens the reader about the past course of events but also aids the understanding of the dynamics of the relationship today.
Essential reading for students and scholars of U.S. and Turkish foreign policy, this study of co-operation between a super-power and a relatively weak state in the international system will also be of use to those interested in International Relations, Diplomatic History and World Politics more broadly.
Introduction Part I: The 1980s: The Rekindling of the Relationship 1 Location, Location, Location 2 When the Interests of the USA and the Needs of Turkey Meet 3 Harmonious Co-operation? Part II: 1991 Crescendo 4 The Gulf War: Turkey’s Stance Revisited Part III: The 1990s: New Strategic Games, Old Ideas 5 The Period of Uncertainty 6 Renewal of Strategic Co-operation Epilogue
Ekavi Athanassopoulou is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Athens. She is the author of Turkey: Anglo-American Security Interests, 1945-1952: The First Enlargement of NATO (1999).