Recent Developments in Ukraine

Ali Cinar interviewed three distinguished experts on Russian aggression in the region. US forces in Europe are on higher alert, citing "escalations of Russian aggression" in the area. President Biden spoke with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week  and  "affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s aggression in the Donbas and Crimea,”

H.E. Dan Herbst, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and Director,Atlantic Council:

Moscow has pursued an aggressive policy in eastern europe and the Caucasus since at least its cyber attack on estonia in 2007. Western response to the Kremlin War on Georgia and seizure of Crimea was late and weak, which only encouraged further aggression in donbas and provocations elsewhere.   Finally, after the shootdown of mh17 in the summer of 2914, the EU joined the  U.S. in placing punishing sanctions on Russia for its  aggression in Ukraine. And by the fall of 2015, the U.S. began to provide significant military aid to Ukraine and in late 2017, javelins, tank killers.  In other words, it took years for the west to develop a sensible,  strong policy to thwart kremlin revisionism. 

President Biden understands this and that is why he mentioned Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine in his first call with Putin. His administration moved smartly this past week with phone calls from the whole national security team to Kyiv expressing support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s military buildup in northern Crimea and along Ukraine’s eastern border.  This was a timely warning to Moscow not to escalate its aggression against Ukraine.  

Regarding Crimea, the U.S. has a sound policy in place, the Pompeo doctrine.  That is a policy of non-recognition of Moscow’s illegal control there, and sanctions for firms operating there. The point is to raise the price on the kremlin for its aggression. 

To contain the kremlin in Ukraine and the broader black sea region, the U.S. should work to enhance cooperation among its NATO  allies and friendly countries such as Ukraine,Georgia and perhaps Moldova.  Washington should promote joint exercises and eventually contingency planning.  

Andrij Dobriansky, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America,Director of Communications;

I am looking to Putin’s actions in Georgia in 2008 as a guide: Russian media and social media in occupied Donbas has been telling those citizens that Ukraine is about to “invade” Russia’s occupied territories. This is what Russia said about Georgia in 2008 as an excuse to invade them. Also in 2008 the world was focused on the Olympics, while this time the west is focused on Easter (Ukraine and Russia celebrate in May)

The US is already in a different position: US advisors are on the ground in Ukraine and are able to travel wherever they need to (President Obama prevented them from traveling east of Kyiv) Also, the flyover and naval deployments to the Black Sea are a regular part of the US schedule now. U.S. will be able to report themselves what they see happening and be able to counter Russian disinformation narratives, In the next 3-5 months we expect a US ambassador on the ground in Kyiv and a special negotiator from the US appointed to replace a Volker

We’re at a critical point this week with Russia’s bulldup. If nothing escalates in the next 2 weeks, we go back to the status quo. Putin is trying to gain leverage in international negotiations: Nordstream, sanctions relief, Ukraine getting closer to NATO

Ayla Bakkalli, Representative of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar and Advisor, Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations on Indigenous Matters Member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars,

Ukraine’s historical nemesis Russian Federation has resurrected its familiar post-soviet aggression once again with the increase of military build up on its border. What are the grounds for this unprovoked action as Russia is flooding Crimea trains full of tanks and military build up in Eastern Ukraine and the increase in the militarization of the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine has prompted Ukrainian to meet up with the meet up 

Sec of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian FM Dmityr Kuleba, US Chiefs of Staff Mark Millie speaking with his Ukrainian counterpart Mr. Ruslan Khomchak . I believe Mr. Mark Millley also speak with first deputy Minister of Defense of Russia, Valery Gersimov and , between US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Head of the President of Ukraine’s office , Andrew Ermak.Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby brought it up the topic on the military build up with its NATO allies. 

General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO was the feature speaker alongside with the Defense Attache of Ukraine, Major Volodymyr Havrylov  at a virtual panel hosted by Manor College several weeks ago on March 18, discussed the systematic aggression of Ukrainian sovereign lands.  

A human face to the militarization with the continual persecution of Ukraine’s indigenous people the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian activists have become the occupiers target. Again, Russia continues its hybrid occupation with a hybrid deportation strategy. To date, based on Ukrainian statistics 50,000 have left Crimea to the Crimean mainland.

They are imprisoned on the basis: freedom of religion,freedom of speech ,freedom of association and freedom of conscience .

Crimean Tatars remain locked down fearful that their father, brother, son, husband will be the next target.  Most of the people who are imprisoned for political reasons in Crimea are innocent Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian activists.  International community should rethink:  

  • I suppose it is high time to reassess that the Normandy format is not working and a new form of diplomacy which will develop organically given the continual changes on the ground in occupied Ukrainian territories. 
  • Time has made the decision on behalf of Ukraine a need for national security strategy involving use of its national power and at the same time Ukraine is committed to resolving this issue through peaceful and diplomatic means given the risk 
  • It is important for the international community to hear the many voices in occupied lands of Ukraine and take seriously that Ukraine’s civil society is at the front lines both nationally and internationally. 

Secretary of State Blinken: Open the borders

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke at the United Nations Security Council and called for the opening of the Turkey-Syria border gates that are currently closed.

Secretary Blinken, who has made critical statements by emphasizing the change in the US administration's approach regarding Syria in the United Nations Security Council, stated that it is mandatory to find a way to help people and said, "This is our responsibility."

Stating that the United Nations Security Council is working on many complex issues, Secretary Blinken pointed out that what is happening in Syria is not one of those "complex issues" and is based on fundamental humanitarian foundations."

Secretary Blinken:"This is a Disaster!"

Blinken urged the authorities to reopen the Öncüpinar/Bab al-Salam border crossing between Turkey and Syria, which couldn't be opened due to the vetoes of China and Russia in 2020 and the Al-Ya'rubiyah border crossing between Iraq and Syria, and said, "There is no good reason the crossing remains closed today. Members of this council have a job to do: Reauthorize all three border crossings for humanitarian assistance."

Mark Lowcock, Secretary-General of United Nations Humanitarian Affairs, reminded that millions of Syrians need humanitarian aid and said, "It has been ten years of despair and disaster for Syrians.".

Secretary Blinken held a meeting with UNGA President Bozkir 


Secretary of State Blinken also had a meeting with Volkan Bozkır, the 75th President of the UN General Assembly. During the press briefing of the meeting, which was held virtually due to COVID-19, Bozkır emphasized the importance of the U.S. for the United Nations and expressed his contentment regarding the new US administration's global policy changes and also the fact that they are working more closely with international organizations.

On the other hand, Secretary Blinken stated that the world's ongoing problems would not be able to be solved by a single country, and the United Nations is one of the best institutions for cooperation and producing solutions.
 
Secretary Blinken's Full Speech at UNSC:

President Biden's $2.3 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

President Biden announced the first stage of the plan at an event held at a union training center in Pittsburgh. President Biden defined the massive program that will restructure the American infrastructure over the next eight years as a "once-in-a-generation investment."

According to the details announced by the White House, within the scope of this plan, hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated for the modernization and construction of roads, bridges, public transportation systems, schools, and other infrastructure fields.

The plan can both fix some of the damage caused to the economy by the Coronavirus epidemic and benefit primarily low-income employees.
It is stated that President Joe Biden's choice of Pittsburgh to announce the infrastructure plan has economic and political repercussions. 

It is stated that the infrastructure projects will be financed by the higher taxes that will be obtained from the companies and establishments. It is indicated that this situation may cause repercussions in the business circles and disrupt the attempts of the Biden administration to work with the Republican Congress members.

 President Joe Biden said, "91 companies on the Fortune 500 list, including Amazon, do not pay a single solitary penny in federal income tax." During his speech in which he unveiled the infrastructure plan, he said, "Wall Street didn't build this country. The middle class built this country. And unions built the middle class."

President Biden hopes that the infrastructure plan will be passed by Congress by the summer, which means he will rely on the fact that Democrats narrowly control both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
 
Package Details:
 
$621 billion for transportation infrastructure and resilience:
$580 billion for manufacturing; research and development; and job training:
$400 billion for the care economy:
$313 billion for schools and housing:
$111 billion for clean water:$100 billion for digital infrastructure
 
 
 
 

Is there any Positive EU-Turkey Agenda?

Last week, European Union leaders offered new incentives to Turkey to improve cooperation on migration and trade despite democratic backsliding in the country and lingering concerns about its energy ambitions in the Mediterranean Sea.

European Commission’s Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council’s Charles Michel are expected to discuss new steps to revive EU-Turkey ties, by relaunching high-level political dialogue, starting negotiations on the modernization of the 25-year-old Customs Union, and by renewing the 2016 EU-Turkey refugee deal.

Turk of America Senior Diplomat Correspondent Ali Cinar asked two Distinguished Experts regarding the recent developments between Turkey-EU

George Tzogopoulos,CIFE

Following months of tensions , Greece and Turkey have relaunched exploratory talks. This cannot guarantee a solution to the problem of maritime zones, but is an encouraging development. In parallel with this the UN has scheduled a new meeting on the Cyprus question. The EU remains hopeful that progress will continue and has thus proposed a positive agenda to possibly shape its relations with Turkey. The next three months (until the June EU council) will define whether the new approach will work. Also, the EU is continuing its work on the so-called multilateral conference for the Eastern Mediterranean but needs to clarify the agenda as well as to elaborate on desired results of such a conference


Laura Batalla Adam, Secretary General EU-Turkey Forum:

Diplomacy should always be prioritized over imposing sanctions. The use of sanctions is not likely to achieve a behavior change from Turkey and will only make dialogue more difficult. The outcome of the Council meeting is positive news for EU-Turkey relations. It offers renewed avenues for cooperation on longstanding demands by Turkey, like the modernization of the Customs Union or the reestablishment of high-level dialogue with the EU on areas of common interest. However, the activation of this positive agenda is dependent on a continued easing of tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey is encouraged to continue its constructive dialogue to find solutions to the disputes.
On the domestic front, the EU has expressed its concerns over the recent actions undermining democracy and rule of law in the country. A further backsliding in these areas can also derail plans to reenergize the relationship.

Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu and Secretary Blinken Met in Brussels

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had their first face-to-face meeting of 50-minutes in NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs on March 23 and 24. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that "I met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
in Brussels today. I look forward to continuing cooperation with our NATO Ally, Turkey, in the fight against terrorism. I've voiced our support for exploratory talks with Greece and emphasized the importance of democracy and human rights."

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, "We discussed all dimensions of our bilateral relations with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a constructive meeting. We had a comprehensive exchange of opinions on the matters of Afghanistan, Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean, Iraq, Libya, and the fight against terrorism."

Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that the procedures for the purchase of the S400s by Turkey had been finalized. There would be no way back on this, but it also emphasized that another bilateral discussion would be held with the US party to resolve the issue. On the other hand, in the statement made by the Office of the US Secretary of State, it was announced that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had had further discussions with Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, concerning Ankara not keeping the Russian S-400 defense system. 
 
Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu announced that his colleagues will work on a broader meeting to be held either in Ankara or Washington D.C by taking into account the conditions of the pandemic. Minister Çavuşoğlu said that the Turkish side pointed out that the United States' joint statement was not implemented following the Peace Spring operation in Syria. The rising attacks of the YPG-PKK were reminded one more time to Blinken. Stating they had some subjects in common with the U.S.A, Minister Çavuşoğlu said they dealt with all the aspects of the political solution in Syria and what both sides could do on Iraq and Libya issues in cooperation with NATO.

President Spokesman İbrahim Kalın and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone yesterday, the meeting between President Erdogan and US President Joe Biden has not set yet.

'Turkey's regional power should be seen'

Turk of America Senior Diplomat Journalist Ali Cinar interviewed  Mark Kimmitt  16th Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Brigadier General (Ret) and Jeffrey Mankoff,Senior Distinguished Fellow at National Defense University.Both experts highlighted the Turkey’s importance in the region and  how the diloague should be rebuilt between U.S. and Turkey

Mark Kimmitt, U.S. Brigadier General(Ret)

What is your thoughts on this article when it comes to US-Europe relationship?

This should be seen as a signal that the US should align itself with its EU partners and improve the relationship with Turkey, particularly within NATO. In many ways, the EU is taking the lead on improving relations and the US will be left on the sidelines if it does not follow the EU lead. The US relationship with Turkey is “to big to fail”.

How Turkey can be distanced from Russia? 

It is Turkey’s choice to pick its allies and friends. There has been cooperation between the US and Turkey for many years, and the US must make the case that restoring the relationship in military, political and economic matters is to the mutual benefits of both countries, and superior to that of the Turkey-Russia relationship. 

Secretary Austin and Turkish Defence Secretary Akar have not spoken yet. What would we expect regarding future of Turkey-U.S. military cooperation?

“I would hope that the first item on the agenda would be the future of the S-400s. Fully respecting the right of Turkey to choose its own defense capabilities, I would expect Secretary Austin, as an old military commander, to attempt to find a “middle ground” on S-400s that would satisfy both sides, as well as NATO

Jeffrey Mankoff - National Defense University (expert in Russia):

-President Joe Biden's trouble with Russia goes back to the 2016 Presidential elections. The recent intel reports on the presidential elections of Russia further angered the Biden administration,

I don't think the Biden administration will impose economic sanctions on Russia. Because Washington had recently imposed personal sanctions on Russia due to the Russian opposition Alexey Navalny,

Russia also has no expectations from the Biden administration. So Putin does not expect a positive agenda to emerge.

It was a tricky question that the journalist told Biden unexpectedly, "Is Putin, a murderer?"

There was a tension last week experienced in talks with Chinese officials in Alaska.

Turkey is not the old Turkey. The West should not see Turkey as a old Turkey like from 20-30 years ago.  do not have 20-30 years. Turkey is getting stronger in the region for sure. Although there are disagreements in Turkish-Russian relations, there seems to be encouraging cooperation.

***Ali Cinar's interviews were published on CNNTurk and Milliyet Newspaper.

Future of Cryptocurrency

Turk of America Journalist Ali Cinar interview Perianne Boring ,President and Jackie Price, CMO at Chamber of Digital Commerce. They have shared positive messages for the digital currency market.


-What does the future for Cryptocurrency?

Digital assets and cryptocurrencies are going to play a critical role in the financial system for generations to come. Already we see more and more companies like MicroStrategy, MassMutual, Tesla and others adding these assets to their balance sheets and payment platforms like PayPal, Square and MasterCard entering the market. We are still in early days, but the adoption and expansion of cryptocurrencies and digital assets is going to continue. Millennials and Gen Z citizens around the world are particularly eager to invest in and use digital assets, partly because they appreciate the speed and efficiency and because they are the digital-native generations that are well suited for these platforms.

-Do you think that Speculation Isn't the Sole Driver of Bitcoin Prices? Especially, are Elon Musk statements healthy for the market ?

Bitcoin has emerged as its own asset class and the case for bitcoin as a true store-of-value has been made. Much of the current buying demand is from corporate and institutional investors that are looking to diversify their portfolios into uncorrelated assets. The macroeconomic landscape where the war on COVID has turned into the war on currencies has left many investors looking to hedge against the hidden tax on inflation from expansionary monetary policies.

-What would be the expectation regarding digital currencies (bitcoin) from Biden Admin?

There are many things to consider and numerous discussions among policymakers, regulators and the industry right now that are important steps toward a clear, transparent, and growth-oriented framework for innovation in the industry. The Chamber of Digital Commerce is working with Congress and the Biden administration to accelerate the adoption of a National Plan of Action for Blockchain and Digital Assets, which is urgently needed to maintain a U.S. leadership position during this transformative moment on global financial history.

***Ali Cinar's interviews were published on CNNTurk and Milliyet Newspaper.
 

Foreign Policy Priorities for the BIDEN Administration and Repair of Global Alliances

Putting democracy, diplomacy, multilateralism, and restoration of alliances at the center of the foreign policy plan with President Biden, the U.S. is trying to correct the erosion of America's image on international platforms in order to resolve the concerns caused by Trump's "America First" doctrine among its allies and to strengthen the alliances. Emphasizing the phrase "America is back," especially in events closely followed by the international community, such as America's reintegration into the Paris Agreement, which was one of his first actions, President Biden has shown that America will lead global issues that require international responsibility and return to the global leadership race.

During his speech at a university in New York in 2019, Biden said, "To me, foreign policy is domestic policy, and domestic policy is foreign policy. They are deeply connected." He added that U.S. security depends directly on "having the strongest network of partners and alliances working alongside one another." Especially since almost all of the National Security and Foreign Policy team was formed during President Obama's term, President Biden knows very well the mistakes made in the past. Likewise, he is also aware that with the COVID-19 outbreak, different dynamics are now emerging in many regions, including the Middle East. In this regard, while talking about American foreign policy's priorities, Secretary of State Antony Blinken's most recent statement, "We are against military coups, we will promote democracy globally," is a very remarkable one. This is particularly important because, in many countries, including Turkey, the perception that the U.S. would overthrow the government using different methods has taken root. Secretary Blinken also underlined that building lasting peace, even in Afghanistan and the Middle East, is now more important than military power.

For the first time since he took office, Biden had the opportunity to express his expectations of Europe and his views on the agenda he wants to create to strengthen transatlantic relations at the Munich Security Conference with the virtual participation of leaders such as the German Chancellor Merkel, French President Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the NATO Secretary-General, the President of the European Commission, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the President of the Council of Europe. Expressing America's determination to act together with NATO and its allies against global threats, Biden expressed his satisfaction with the investments made in Europe for developing military capacity and sharing the burden in the field of defense.

One of the important headlines at the summit, which was also included in Biden's agenda, was on China. Many actors in the global system have recently considered the relationship between NATO and Europe. Addressing the long-term strategic competition with China, Biden pointed out the struggle between democracies and autocracies in China and Russia, based on the approach that democracy is an important component of foreign policy. The Chinese issue is increasingly coming to the fore as a matter prioritized by the Biden administration in terms of national security. The fact that the largest team in the White House Security Council is the Indo-Pacific team shows that China is considered a threat, and the region is growing in importance for the United States. In this context, it seems that China is the priority for U.S. foreign policy.

Because Blinken had described China's relations with the U.S. as "The biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century" as well, the fact that the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the Secretary of State Antony Blinken's first international trip will be to Japan and South Korea shows how much importance they attach to Asia-Pacific. This first trip, which is expected to be a threat, can also be perceived as the message "We won't let them run riot."

Returning to the Munich Security Conference, the general picture that emerged was that the main actors in the international system expressed their expectations from each other now that America was back and tried to determine to what degree their expectations fell in line with each other. We see that Biden has been trying to show that he wants to build on democracy and unification of foreign policy, as he did to domestic policy. Particularly, Biden's call for the Western alliance to act jointly against existing threats and to unite on the basis of common values and democracy can be considered a cross-reference to the disagreements with the Western ally.

It is expected that Biden will make the same statements on every platform where he finds an opportunity to resolve the disagreements with Macron and Merkel and to persuade European leaders to find joint solutions regarding how to compete with China, restructuring and strengthening NATO. Europe's attitude at this point will also be decisive for the future of transatlantic relations. Likewise, an agenda with broader topics such as "strategic autonomy," an independent Europe, a Europe that does not want to be caught in the U.S.–China trade wars awaits us.

Within the scope of the NATO 2030 plan, America's willingness to work in harmony with Europe on the subjects of restructuring and strengthening the alliance, social health policies in the fight against the pandemic, destructive technological developments, China's rise, Russia's threat, climate change, global terrorism, supporting democracies, reshaping global supply chains and especially the approaches of Germany and France, who are among the important actors of the European Union, on these issues, will also be decisive in terms of how these affairs will develop.

We are in a multipolar international system where the balance of power and alliances change in the face of shifting common interests and threats, technology production plays a critical role in shaping states' national security policies, and where we experience a different dimension of globalization. As emphasized at the Munich Security Conference, with COVID-19 in this new era, in which security will be defined in a much broader sense and will shift from a narrow military-focused approach to a much broader approach; social health, food security, and the climate crisis have become issues related to national security, and the importance of global alliances, transatlantic relations, and international solidarity has been increasing. It is becoming increasingly important that all actors agree on the vision that global issues such as the pandemic, the climate crisis, nuclear disarmament, and the refugee crisis are to be solved not through the singular protectionist and nationalistic policies of the states but through the policies they produce thanks to international cooperation, burden-sharing, and solidarity.

In view of all these internationally changing dynamics, in the Interim National Security Strategy Guidance recently announced by the White House administration, we notice statements that point to the fact that the most powerful U.S. military presence will be in the Pacific region and Europe. This document points that many issues, from China and Russia becoming threats to the U.S. to climate change, rising racism, and technological developments, pose a big problem for the United States. In the document, which points out that the U.S. should shape the future of the international system, the importance of alliances is emphasized notably. President Biden's inclination toward re-entering the Paris Agreement, becoming a member of the World Health Organization again, and sending out the message that "America is back" gives us clues that, after all, he will pursue a foreign policy in cooperation with allies. As expected, in the document, it is emphasized that the U.S. attaches great importance to Israel's security in the Middle East, Iran will be dissuaded from threatening other countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the fight against terrorism will continue. It is also stated that the deficit in the defense budget will be met, and the government will work in coordination with Congress for the army to use technology at the ultimate level.

This era, in which American foreign policy will be shaped together with the allies and transatlantic relations will come to the forefront, also presents opportunities where new partnerships can be forged against new foes in areas where there are existing difficulties and traditional cooperation. These areas include the fight against ISIS in the Middle East, the establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan within the NATO framework (Blinken's letter to Afghan leaders, where Turkey was asked to be a host is important in terms of our relations), the security of the Black Sea against the Russian threat, and the facilitation of negotiations with Iran. In order to benefit from all these opportunities, mutual trust, understanding, and sincerity have to be re-established on a higher level and between the institutions.

However, President Biden has not yet had a phone call to President Erdogan since he took office. Relevant meetings took place only between Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Although President Biden started the second round of phone calls with various presidents across the world, the fact that he has not yet called Turkey led to a series of speculations. First, President Biden has concentrated most heavily on domestic policy and the struggle against the pandemic. Turkey, like many countries, is not among Biden's priorities. However, President Biden is a leader who knows Turkey well, with him having visited Turkey four times during his vice presidency. We also know him as a name who has met President Erdogan many times. Currently, the most important problem of Turkish-American relations is the trust issue. The two NATO allies still don't trust each other. Reservations about YPG-PKK, S400/F35, Syria, and human rights in Turkey could be the first agenda items that come to mind. President Biden's remarks against Turkey during his campaign period are the reasons for tension, as well as Turkey's and Russia's intimacy. However, the multi-dimensional nature of Turkish-American relations should not be forgotten. Even though security is the backbone of the relationship of two countries, joint opportunities for innovative collaborations in the field of trade, education, culture, energy, and technology are also on both their agenda.

From the point of view of the U.S., while Congress members have sent three different letters against Turkey to the White House administration, 86 Congress members, who are Turkish friendship group members, also signed those letters. With each passing day, negative Turkish perception increases in Washington D.C., and anti-Turkish groups' common action plays a role in this matter. The action to be taken here is to overcome the problem of trust and to initiate a clear dialog. The closer relations Turkey will establish with Russia and Iran conflict with the interests of the U.S. and other Western countries. Solving problems within the NATO alliance, and Turkey working closely with the U.S. as it did in the past, will be appropriate.  In this context, establishing close relations with the European Union and developing multi-dimensional relations with the Asia-Pacific region, Turkey will continue to be an important ally of the U.S.

Ali Cinar, Senior Foreign Policy Expert and a 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient.Cinar is also Senior Diplomatic Correspondent at Turk of America.

Selma Bardakci, Senior Foreign Policy Expert and Atlas Corp. Alumni (State Department is one of the sponsors of Atlas Corp.)

*** This article has published on The Media Line (Reference) 

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