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ONLINE U.S.-Turkey Relations: An Alliance in Trouble  

Please Note: This class has been moved online. A long-standing ally of the United States and member of NATO, Turkey worked closely with American and European partners throughout the Cold War and later. Recently, however, this relationship has deteriorated significantly. Turkey and the US are on different sides of the civil war in Syria, Turkey is interested in strengthening strategic ties to Russia, several Americans have been detained in Turkey on trumped up charges of supporting terrorism, and a significant number of Turks are starting to express strong anti-American sentiments. After enjoying universal support and admiration as a prospering democracy, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party are moving in an authoritarian direction and Turkey is now dealing with a severe economic crisis. We will examine the connection between internal and external factors that have contributed to the shift in Turkey's domestic and international priorities and explore ways where the US might relate to Turkey under these new circumstances.