Ankara Moves Closer to Washington: How the Arab Spring Warmed U.S.-Turkish Relations

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After a decade of discord with the United States, Turkey's ties with Washington improved significantly during 2011: the Obama-Erdogan relationship has established a new foundation for U.S.-Turkish ties, and it appears that the two countries will be bound by common interests in the Middle East even after these leaders leave office.

Soner Cagaptay is director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute.

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