RAND Report: What is new?

Last month, in the latest report published by RAND researchers, the key challenges confronting the U.S.-Turkish partnership over the coming years have been covered. The analysts recommend possible initiatives to sustain it during what is likely to be a turbulent era. The RAND report focuses on the political, social, and economic events that are changing Turkey’s internal and external dynamics.

RAND Corporation report entitled “Turkey’s Nationalist Course: Implications for the US-Turkish Strategic Partnership and the US Army.” is described as a research and analysis-conducted project.

Some of the key findings of the report are as the following:

*Under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rule, democratic and civil rights in Turkey have declined.

*Turkish policy toward Iran and Iraq will often be at odds with U.S. national interests.

*NATO still plays a central role in Turkey’s national security policies.

*Turkey and the United States are both interested in balancing Russia and Iran, countering terrorism, and promoting stability in the Middle East region.

The Report has the following contents:

  • Chapter One Introduction
  • Chapter Two Turkey at a Crossroads
  • Chapter Three Turkey’s Relations with Iran and Iraq: Enduring Rivals or a New Modus Vivendi?
  • Chapter Four Turkey and the Arab World: Mixed Views and Interests
  • Chapter Five Wary Partners: The Future of Israeli-Turkish Relations
  • Chapter Six The Russian-Turkish Bilateral Relationship: Managing Differences in an Uneasy Partnership
  • Chapter Seven Turkey’s Relations with the Caucasus and Central Asia: Unrealized Ambitions
  • Chapter Eight Turkey’s Relations with Europe, the European Union, and NATO: Reaching an Inflection Point
  • Chapter Nine Implications for the U.S.-Turkish Partnership and the U.S. Army

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