FPI Board Member Eric Edelman Quoted in The Weekly Standard

The Weekly Standard's Lee Smith writes:

The fact that Fidan’s MIT plays such a large role in Turkey’s political life, replacing the armed forces as the country’s consummate national institution, is bad news, say some Turkish commentators. The problem is not just that Fidan may be close to Iran, but that in running much of its foreign policy through the clandestine service, the troubled Turkish democracy is starting to acquire the habits of an Arab regime. “It’s time for people to take another look at what’s going on in Turkey,” says Eric Edelman, a former U.S. ambassador to Ankara and a frequent critic of Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP). “I hope this is a wake-up call.”

Edelman and another former American ambassador to Turkey, Morton Abramowitz, have just co-authored a paper for the Bipartisan Policy Center, “From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy,” that points a way forward for the two NATO allies. One problem, as the paper makes clear, is that the incoherent policies of Erdogan’s Turkey have dragged it into conflict with virtually everyone in the Middle East and beyond.

“It has called for the ouster of Syria’s Assad,” write Edelman and Abramowitz,

refused to recognize the legitimacy of Egypt’s new military government, cut off diplomatic ties with Israel, angered Iran with its acceptance of a NATO radar station and its support for Syrian rebels, quarreled with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad, angered key Gulf states over its support for Muslim Brotherhood movements throughout the region, and alienated Europe with unfounded accusations and conspiracy theories. In October it shocked its NATO allies by announcing that it would procure a missile-defense system from a Chinese company that is under U.S. sanctions for its dealings with Iran.


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