Allies at a Crossroads: Turkey and the United States

Allies at a Crossroads: Turkey and the United States

Since the onset of the Iraq War, the US and Turkey have walked a tight rope to maintain their strained relationship. Turkey’s reluctance to allow the US to transport troops through the country and Turkey’s growing annoyance with America’s inaction against rising violence from the PKK, a Kurdish terrorist group now working out of Iraq, have added to the fray. Turkey’s unique history of secularism since the days of famed leader, Kemal Ataturk, is also slowly eroding with the new government.  

Featuring Special Correspondent Mithat Bereket, Host for CNN Turk. 

Guests on this program include:

  • Mustafa Akyol, deputy editor of the Turkish Daily News
  • Egemen Bagis, vice chairman of the AKP
  • Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Ahmet Kuyas, professor of history at Istanbul’s Galatasaray University
  • Attila Askar, president of Istanbul’s Koc University
  • Bruce Kuniholm, professor of Turkish history at Duke University
  • Faruk Logoglu, Turkish ambassador to the US
  • Marc Grossman, US under secretary of state
  • John Taylor, under secretary for international affairs at the US Treasury
  • General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Egemen Bagis, vice chairman of the AKP
  • Hilmi Aydogdu, head of the Democratic Society Party (DTP) in Diyarbakir
  • Sezgin Tanrikulu, chairman of the Diyarbakir branch of the Turkish Bar Association
  • Henri Barkey, professor of international relations at Lehigh University
  • Robert Pearson, former US ambassador to Turkey
Segment 1

Special Correspondent Mithat Bereket, host for CNN Turk, explores the debate over religion in public life in Turkey today.

Segment 2

Ray Suarez examines the history of the US–Turkey relationship over the years from Ataturk to the Gulf War.

Segment 3

Ray Suarez looks back at the dispute over the transport of US troops through Turkey in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Segment 4

Mithat Bereket examines the Kurdish issue and the PKK in Turkey and how they impact the US-Turkish relationship.